The Staples Police Department Thursday continued to search for a white male in his 20s or 30s who entered Staples Self Serve brandishing a handgun and demanding money.
Staples Police Chief Doug Case said the suspect did not discharge the handgun and no one was hurt. Case said the suspect took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing from the store. The armed robbery was reported at 2:35 p.m.
Case said the police department made a decision to put Staples High School and elementary school and Lakewood Health System Care Center into a lock down mode as a precautionary level because the three buildings were close in proximity to the gas station. The elementary school is about two or three blocks from the gas station, the high school is about eight blocks away and the care center is about five blocks away.
Case said the suspect fled on foot and then drove off in a blue or brown Ford Taurus or Mercury Sable with North Dakota license plates. The suspect is described as a white male with a slender to medium build and about 6-feet tall. The suspect was wearing a green hooded sweatshirt, dark colored jeans and larger metal rimmed sunglasses.
Case said it has been a few years since the city has had an armed robbery.
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Staples Police Department at (800) 794-5733.
JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-5851.