discount cigarettes robbery
In Arizona's Most Wanted -- a discount cigarette robbery from a gas station convenience store may not sound like a big deal, but Silent Witness says how these suspects stole the discount cigarettes makes them very dangerous. What should have been a slow Sunday afternoon suddenly turned violent for the 60-year-old clerk working in a Shell gas station store. She was about to become the victim of an armed robbery.

But it wasn't a gun that the teenage boys used on Feb. 6. It was just about 5:30 p.m. when surveillance video showed the two boys -- who police believe were only about 12 and 15 years old -- walk into the Shell Food Mart at 67th Avenue and McDowell. They're both wearing hoodies, which they keep up, trying to shield their faces. Also in the video, you can see something obviously jutting out from the back of one of the boy's sweatshirt.

Only moments later, the teen approaches the counter and pulls out a bat. Video shows him jumping over the counter from three angles as he grabs two packs of discount cigarettes and jumps over the counter again to leave. One angle shows the clerk’s frightened reaction. The two teens then run from the store, leaving a shaken, but unharmed clerk behind.

Why is this a case for Silent Witness? It is a felony -- because it's classified as an armed robbery. Police think the crime could foreshadow escalating violence. The pictures are relatively clear -- perfectly recognizable to someone who knows the young men.

The suspect with the bat is a Hispanic male, about 15 years old, 5 feet 3 inches tall, with a thin build. Suspect No. 2 is an African-American male, about 12 years old, 4 feet 11 inches tall, with a medium build. Silent Witness is offering a $1,000 reward. If you have information, call 480-WITNESS.
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