Baskin and Robbins franchise robbed at gunpoint

Tenth armed robbery of Spokane business in last several weeks

Baskin and Robbins franchise robbed at gunpoint

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police are investigating a tenth armed robbery in the city, this time a Baskin and Robbins store on North Monroe Tuesday afternoon.

The robbery happened at 2:30 Tuesday at 1925 North Monroe Street. Police say a white man entered the store with a handgun, demanded cash, and then exited the store heading north.

Detectives canvassed the area and are looking through surveillance video. The building even has signs on the front and back telling people they are on camera but that didn't stop the suspect.

Detectives working this string of armed robberies will now try and determine if this one is related to the other nine over the past month.

"I think until we get a good look at the video and the detectives working the case that are familiar with the other cases, that we could connect this too, if it's related, have a chance to look at that. It's just a little too early for me to provide accurate information on that," Spokane Police Captain Brad Arleth said.

So far the only description of the suspect the police have of the suspect is that he is a white male approximately 30 years old. In the robbery that happened Monday afternoon at Deb's Espresso, located at 921 E. Houston, the suspect in that incident also displayed a handgun and was also described as a white male in his late 20s.

Other recent robberies include three Subway restaurants, the Yoke's grocery store off Indian Trail, Mug Shots Espresso and Jitterz Java was hit three times, prompting baristas there to start carrying guns.

If you have any information on this or other recent armed robberies in the city you're asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.