Yakima Police continue to search for suspects in a series of convenience store robberies this month. It's the kind of crime that Lt. Mike Pollard says they see every year at this time. "Whether it's financial or whatever it just seems to happen every year at this time."
So far 11 robberies have been reported with 1 arrest. A 35-year-old man faces charges after police say he committed an armed robbery November 15 at the Roadrunner mini-mart at 1820 S. 3rd Avenue.
The latest happened at about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 17. Officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Food Mart located at 620 North 16th Avenue.
The suspect in the robbery of the Food Mart is described as a man wearing a tan mask, a black and gray flannel shirt, black jeans, and dark-colored shoes.  The suspect was about 5’8″ tall and weighed about 220 pounds.  Police say the suspect was reported to be carrying a black firearm in his waistband.  The suspect fled the store on foot and headed northbound.
Then about 15 minutes later Saturday a second robbery was reported at about 7:50 pm at the Tieton Food Mart located at 4708 Tieton Drive.
The suspect entered the store, pointed a firearm at the cashier, and demanded money.  The suspect is described as a man between 5’10” and 6′ tall and weighing about 200 pounds.  The suspect had his face covered and was wearing black jeans, a dark beanie, and a flannel shirt.  The suspect fled the store on foot before getting into a vehicle located nearby.
Anyone with information about either of these incidents are encouraged to contact the Yakima Police Department at (509) 575-6200 or by calling 9-1-1.  Tips can also can be reported to Yakima County Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-248-9980.