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Police seek suspect in alleged Missoula robbery

Police have arrested the suspect, identified as 52-year-old Mark Sellers, who allegedly robbed a gas station convenience store on Saturday night by telling a clerk that a rolled up newspaper in his pocket was a gun.

A man who is suspected of robbing the Zip Trip convenience store on Toole Avenue on Saturday night has been apprehended by Missoula police.

Mark Sellers, 52, was arrested and booked into the Missoula County Detention Center on a felony charge of robbery and a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest.

According to police, officers responded to a panic alarm at the Zip Trip about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

An employee reported that the store had just been robbed of cash and alcohol. The suspect allegedly threatened the clerk with what he said was a weapon inside his coat pocket, but what turned out to be a rolled-up newspaper.

The employee also said Sellers threatened to shoot him.

Sellers allegedly was seen on surveillance video committing the robbery.

"One of our officers recognized the suspect from previous contact," said Missoula Police Department spokesman Travis Welsh. "We had a last known address for the suspect. Officers went to that address and took him into custody. Initially, he tried to slam the door on the officer."

Welsh said Sellers allegedly tried to imply to the convenience store employee that he had a firearm.

Sellers is scheduled to make his initial appearance in Missoula County Justice Court at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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