Three teens arrested in strong-armed robbery

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Police said three teenagers were arrested Wednesday night after they allegedly stole alcohol from a convenience store and shoved an employee before fleeing on foot.

Vancouver police were called to 20th Street Mini Mart at 2900 E. 20th St. about 10:30 p.m. for a reported strong-armed robbery.

Two males, 15 and 17, were found and arrested on suspicion of second-degree robbery, minor in possession of alcohol and obstructing a law enforcement officer, according to Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp. A third male, 14, was later found and arrested on suspicion of third-degree theft, minor in possession of alcohol and obstruction of an officer, Kapp said.

A fourth teen was with the other juveniles but found to be unaware of the theft and returned to the store to speak with police, Kapp said.

All four teenagers were runaways from the Daybreak Youth Services, an organization that treats teens for drug and alcohol abuse.