The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 5, 2013

Lone gunman robs liquor store of cash and clerk’s purse

From staff reports

JOPLIN, Mo. — A lone gunman robbed the 7th Street Liquor & Smoke Shop in Joplin about 8:10 p.m. Wednesday and made off with an undisclosed amount of the store’s cash and the clerk’s purse.

Cpl. Chuck Niess, with the Joplin Police Department, said the robber was wearing a bandanna across his face and a dark-colored sweatshirt with the hood pulled up and was displaying a handgun as he entered the store at 1221 W. Seventh St.

He banged on the store’s cash register with his fist when he didn’t think the clerk was complying fast enough with his demand for money, Niess said. After clearing out the cash drawer, he grabbed the clerk’s purse, which she tried to retain, and a brief struggle took place before he left with the purse and the loot from the register.

Niess said the robber is believed to have fled on foot in a northerly direction. An attempt to track the suspect with a police dog was unsuccessful, he said.

The robber was described as being in his late 20s or early 30s, of a stocky build and about 5 feet 8 inches tall.