Grass Valley cigarette store robbed at gunpoint |

Grass Valley cigarette store robbed at gunpoint

An armed suspect robbed a Grass Valley store employee at gunpoint Monday night and police are searching for leads.

The employee called 911 at 8:45 p.m. to report the robbery at the store in the 100 block of Joerschke Drive.

The victim told Grass Valley Police officers that he was about to close the store early and had already turned off the lights. As he approached the front door to lock it, a person pushed his way inside.

The robber was carrying a firearm and possibly hit the victim on the side of the head, said Sgt. Dan Kimbrough.

The robber — the victim said he was unsure if it was a man or a woman because the person’s face was covered, possibly with a stocking — walked the victim to the cash register, opened it and grabbed approximately $150 in cash before fleeing.

The suspect was about 5-foot-3, 125-135 pounds, wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt and gloves.

It was not known whether the robber left on foot or in a vehicle.

Anyone with information is urged to call the police department at 530-477-4600.

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