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North Las Vegas Police Search for Convenience Store Robber

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - North Las Vegas Police are looking for leads regarding the location of a convenience store robber, whom they believe could become increasingly violent.

His crime was caught on surveillance tape. The video shows the suspect brandishing his weapon and threatening the life of a convenience store clerk. "He's very aggressive with the gun," said North Las Vegas Police Sgt. Tim Bedwell. "We're very concerned about the potential for more violence."

Bedwell says his department's robbery detectives want to get this robber behind bars before he takes his crime to the next level. "Our concern is the people who are doing these armed robberies tend to get more violent each time," Bedwell said. "There's a chance that, in this case, we may see the same kind of thing we saw in March, where we had a robbery of a 7-11, and the same person came back a week later and murdered the clerk."

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports convenience store clerks are at high risk for workplace homicide. Police officers, corrections officers and taxi drivers top the list for violence on the job.

Clerk Dori Inge enjoys her job at the DFM convenience store, but knows first-hand it has risks, having experienced a robbery herself. "I was coming back behind the counter, and he came in," she said. "As soon as he came in, he pointed the gun at me, and said, ‘Give me your money.'" She remains on-guard as a result of her scary ordeal. Inge pays close attention to pictures of convenience store robbers like the one released by police. "I believe it's a dangerous job for clerks," she said. "If he happens to come in here… that night, I might get shot or something. I just hope he doesn't come around here."

Police hope people recognize this armed bandit so authorities can bring him to justice. "If this person is from the valley, someone will know and identify him. We want to get that done before somebody gets hurt," Sgt. Bedwell said.

People with information on this convenience store robbery are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.