Robberies

2 Missoula casinos, 1 convenience store robbed at gunpoint

2012-12-11T10:51:00Z 2013-01-03T12:21:33Z 2 Missoula casinos, 1 convenience store robbed at gunpointBy GWEN FLORIO of the Missoulian missoulian.com
December 11, 2012 10:51 am  • 

Three Missoula businesses were robbed at gunpoint early Tuesday morning in what Missoula police believe are related incidents.

A convenience store in the 1600 block of South Russell Street was robbed at 12:42 a.m., according to Missoula Police Detective Sgt. Travis Welsh. Just 21 minutes later, authorities were called to a robbery at a casino in the 3300 block of North Russell Street, he said. And at 7 a.m., a casino in the 700 block of Brooks Street was robbed, he said.

In each case, a man walked into the business, displayed a silver handgun and demanded – and got – money, Welsh said.

In the first two cases, witnesses described his coat as a “checkered” hoodie. Surveillance photos show a large, dark plaid pattern, and jeans drooping from his behind.

One witness told police the man was between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-10, blond, and wearing jeans and black shoes in addition to the hoodie. Another put him at 5-foot-10, blond, and thin – but with white shoes.

In the 7 a.m. robbery, he was described as wearing a gray hoodie.

A witness to the convenience store case said the man fled in a dark Kia or Hyundai sport utility vehicle.

No one was injured, Welsh said. Police do not release the amount of money taken in robberies.

Anyone with information is asked to call 9-1-1; the Missoula Police Department at 552-6300 (Detectives Mark Blood and Guy Baker are investigating); or Five Valleys Crimestoppers at 721-4444.

Reporter Gwen Florio can be reached at 523-5268, gwen.florio@missoulian.com or @CopsAndCourts.

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(12) Comments

  1. patti salmonsen burton
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    patti salmonsen burton - December 14, 2012 12:22 pm
    sad, huh, just like the osama bin ladin deal, arrp, finds everyone but him....
  2. AARGH
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    AARGH - December 13, 2012 5:43 pm
    1600 Block of Russell would either be Ole's or Diamond Jims,
    the 3300 Block is close to Nickel Ante but really it's by the railroad tracks
    and the 700 brooks street I NOWHERE near a Casino!
  3. AARGH
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    AARGH - December 13, 2012 5:36 pm
    Funny how we can get a picture of a license plate from a satellite from Google Earth, but we still can't get a good perp shot from 10 feet away
  4. Nini
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    Nini - December 13, 2012 3:43 pm
    How do you figure that people working at casinos are 'filthy thieves' themselves? Just throwing this out there, but people choose to go into an establishment to spend their money. No one is forcing them to do such things. Just like with any business, it's a choice on the person who's money it is, not the employee working at the casino/bar/insurance company/retail store/gas station etc... They know the risks of coming into a casino and putting the cash in the machine, hence the word 'gambling'.. It's not the employee forcing it, they do it on their own free will.
  5. Amerikeen
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    Amerikeen - December 13, 2012 9:36 am
    Anyone here happen to notice he has his jacket turned inside out? Look at the black sew ring around the collar where the hood attaches. Plaid is pretty common for interface.
  6. hellgatenights
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    hellgatenights - December 13, 2012 2:09 am
    Pretty funny.....someone robbing the filthy thieves that work in the casinos.....poetic justice perhaps.

    End it........get rid of ALL the gambling and do it now. It's not for our schools......that is a convenient lie.
  7. fastback7
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    fastback7 - December 12, 2012 4:45 pm
    Hey fellow posters, was this story in the printed paper? Likely, it was not, given that it was posted at 10:51am. Furthermore, you all obviously do not know how the flow of information works here, or at least you do not think about it. Miss Florio gets her news information concerning legal matters from the police scanner, police reports, and police interviews. If they do not give her information, such as which stored were robbed, she is not going to report which stores were robbed. Seriously, although I don't agree with all of her reporting concerning the football team, you all need to a) lay off of her and b) think about what it takes to report information to the public. Frankly, if you had a problem with her jumping the gun on the football stories and now have a problem with her being being a conservative and careful reporter here, you're being hypocritical.
  8. walter12
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    walter12 - December 12, 2012 7:17 am
    Some people need to learn how to spell in these comments, but the message is correct? What kind of stupid and incompetent reporting is this, in this article? There are many hard-core dopers in this town and they need their dope, no matter what. These feel-good losers have nothing, know nothing, and are nothing. If one of them gets shot by a store owner or worker, maybe, then they will wake up. Obviously, they are not afraid of the police.
  9. goldstd
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    goldstd - December 11, 2012 7:16 pm
    the crooked liberal lawyers, judges and parole board will be crawling all over each to get this violent offender back on the streets...you wonder why we have such high violent crime in america....starts at the laws schools and ends up in loose liberal courts
  10. Buzz Feedback
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    Buzz Feedback - December 11, 2012 6:55 pm
    Surprised he didn't try to steal a belt.
  11. Richy
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    Richy - December 11, 2012 4:25 pm
    Maybe they aren't even sure where the robberies took place. I certainly don't have a clue from this article
  12. Pawn Artist
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    Pawn Artist - December 11, 2012 2:16 pm
    What casion?, what store?, where is the news reporting???
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