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Armed robber takes cash register, but leaves gun

by: (SURVEILLANCE VIDEO) - There's no mistake about it- this man is pointing a very realistic-looking gun at the Brentwood-Darlington convenience store's owner, demanding money. It’s been a difficult year for Luanne McCracken, since she purchased and began operating “KC’s Mini-Mart” at 7474 S.E. 72nd Avenue, at Flavel Street.

“I’m struggling, like everyone else,” McCracken remarked, shortly after she was robbed on February 16, at 9:46 pm. “It’s been tough, because I follow the rules; I won’t sell alcohol and tobacco for food stamps.”

On that evening, McCracken said she was tending her store as she usually does. “A man walked in and immediately I knew, because his whole face was covered up, what he was up to. He ordered me to open the register.”

She refused – not because she was brave, she added. “I didn’t because he was leaning way over the counter, and I did not want to get that close to the gun.”

As she reached for the alarm system’s panic button, the thug grabbed the cash register – ripping out the wiring attached to it – and bolted for the door.

But, perhaps inspired by the practices of the packrat, the thug left his gun behind, in exchange, on the counter.

“It turned out to be an Air Soft replica firearm,” said Portland Police Bureau Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson. “The suspect fled the store on foot southbound, on S.E. 72nd Avenue.”

Responding officers checked the neighborhood for the suspect, but did not find anyone matching his description. “The suspect is described as an African American male, medium build, wearing a dark-colored hooded jacket, blue jeans, and gloves,” Simpson added. “Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact the Robbery Detail at 503/823-0405.”