Robber implies he has a bomb at adult store, flees with nothing

Incident similar to recent Vancouver robbies

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Updated: November 26, 2013, 1:25 PM

 
photoPolice are asking the public to help identify this man, who allegedly robbed Taboo Video Monday night.

Police are investigating whether an attempted robbery at an adult video store in Vancouver is connected to other recent robberies.

A clerk at Taboo Video, 4811 N.E. 94th Ave., reported that a white man wearing dark clothes came into the store just before 9 p.m. Monday and handed the clerk a note demanding money and implying he had a bomb, according to Vancouver police.

The clerk did not hand over money, police said, and the suspect fled on foot.

With assistance from a K9, police searched the area but were unable to find the suspect.

The attempted robbery was very similar to two robberies earlier this month at two locations of Mary Jane’s House of Glass, and police said they are investigating whether the three incidents are connected.

The smoke shop’s store on Northeast 164th Avenue was reportedly robbed on Nov. 1 and the store’s location on East Mill Plain Boulevard was robbed on Nov. 11. Both times, witnesses described a suspect wearing a white gas mask and what appeared to be an explosive device strapped to his chest, according to police.

Emily Gillespie: 360-735-4522, emily.gillespie@columbian.com