Police say a robbery that occurred Monday night at a business on Mill Plain Boulevard may be connected to a robbery at its sister location that was reported 10 days earlier.
Vancouver police were dispatched to Mary Jane’s House of Glass, 8212 E. Mill Plain Blvd., at 8:33 p.m. Monday for a report of a robbery that had just occurred.
The suspect, who was wearing a mask, had on what appeared to be an explosive device strapped to his body and demanded money, Vancouver Police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said. He had left with an unspecified amount of cash prior to police arriving.
Police with the assistance of a K9 unit, searched the area but did not locate the suspect, whom they described as a white male in his 20s, small build and long blond hair wearing a blue jacket and black pants.
The method of operation and the suspect description are similar to a robbery reported on Nov. 1 at Mary Jane’s House of Glass East Vancouver location, 212 N.E. 164th Ave.
In that incident, which was reported about 9 p.m., a man wearing a similar mask threatened employees with an explosive device before leaving with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.
No one was injured in either incident.
Mary Jane’s House of Glass sells smoking accessories such as pipes and water tubes along with candles and incense.
Police ask anyone with any information about either robbery to call Detective M. Shipp at 360-487-7513.