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‘Nice’ ice cream bandit on the run

Police are using a unique clue to link a man who robbed a Bremerton Baskin Robbins store Wednesday morning to a TCBY on Silverdale way last Sunday.

The man is still on the loose.

“There are indications in both robberies that the person may have been left-handed,” said Bremerton Police Det. A.J. Oakley on Thursday.

At 11:11 a.m. Wednesday Dec. 3 a white male, around 6 feet tall wearing a blue stocking cap and black plastic framed eyeglasses approached entered the store and approached a Baskin Robbins employee.

“Can you open the register and give me all the money?” he asked. He asked the employee to lift up the cash drawer. The employee gave him the cash which he placed in a white Baskin Robbins bag. Upon leaving the store, he turned to say “Have a nice day.”

Besides the employee, another witness a block outside the store saw the man hop into a small, silver, 4-door vehicle. A woman with curly red hair was behind the wheel.

The day after the incident, Oakley was already on the phone to Det. Eric Blockley of the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, comparing clues with the Silverdale incident four days previous.

In that incident, the man wore a mask over his mouth, nose and chin. He ordered a single employee by gunpoint behind the till. He asked for the cash and then asked her to lift the cash drawer to see if there was any larger bills, just like the Bremerton incident.

In a review of the surveilance tape, the suspect entered the store already with the gun in his left hand. He was a man of medium build with dark short groomed hair and side burns.

“The general description appears to be the same,” Oakley said.

Oakley does not know why the robber has chosen ice cream or frozen yogurt parlors, because the amount of money taken was not substantial, he said.

Anyone with information regarding these cases should call Oakley at (360) 473-5484.

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