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Suspect robs convenience store, runs away with cash register

Suspect robs convenience store, runs away with cash register

PORTLAND, Ore. – Police are looking for a man who robbed a Southeast Portland convenience store and ran away with the cash register Saturday night.

Police said at around 9:45 p.m., a masked man armed with what appeared to be a handgun walked into KC’s Mini Market, located at 7474 Southeast 72nd Avenue, and demanded money.

Luanne McCracken, the store's owner and only employee, refused to give him any money.

"He's ordering me to come open the cash register," she said. "I'm telling him 'no, no.'"

The suspect set the gun on the counter, grabbed the cash register and ran away on 72nd Avenue.

"He grabbed the whole register and ran out the door."

McCracken, a single mother of two, says she works seven days a week and can't afford a staff.

"I'm a single woman. A lot of people know that here. They think I'm an easy target," said McCracken. "I think it's really sad. We struggle day to day just to survive."

McCracken said the man didn't get away with very much money. She's thankful she's OK.

The suspect is described as a black man with a medium build. He was wearing a dark jacket with blue jeans and gloves. Officers said the gun he left behind was an Airsoft replica pistol.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call 503-823-0405.

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