At least $900 was stolen in a robbery of the Sequim Smoke Shop on Oct. 22. Sequim Police Department officials say they have a suspect in mind and continue to investigate. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

At least $900 was stolen in a robbery of the Sequim Smoke Shop on Oct. 22. Sequim Police Department officials say they have a suspect in mind and continue to investigate. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Police seek suspect in Sequim Smoke Shop robbery

Sequim Police report they continue to investigate a robbery last Friday at the Sequim Smoke Shop, 548 W. Washington St.

Patrol Sgt. Jeff Thaxton said this week that officers responded around 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 to a report that an individual indicated he had a firearm and threatened a store employee for money.

“The man displayed what appeared to be a weapon,” Thaxton said.

“We have some leads on the case and made some significant progress. It remains under investigation.”

Staff at the shop report more than $900 was taken.

In a surveillance store video shared by employees, a slender man came in holding a bag in his left hand wearing a blue windbreaker, light jeans and hiking boots with a hood and mask covering his face.

He demanded money with the alleged gun in his pocket while never removing his hand for the estimated one minute he was inside, staff said.

Thaxton said the suspect’s ethnicity and age is unknown because he was covered up, but police have a suspect in mind.

“I don’t think the public is at danger,” Thaxton said. “I feel this was a crime of opportunity.”

The suspect could face at least a charge of first degree robbery due to the incident involving a deadly weapon, Thaxton said.

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