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Detectives seek suspects in string of Pierce County coffee stand robberies

A string of coffee stands in Pierce County was robbed from early November to early December, according to investigators.

Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said no one has been arrested in the eight robberies, all done at gunpoint.

In seven of the holdups, the robber was described as a black man in his 20s, Troyer said. In the other holdup, the robber was a white man in his 30s.

Troyer gave these accounts:

The first robbery was Nov. 3 at Gorgeous Grounds, 19505 Mountain Hwy. E. The shop was robbed again Nov. 9. Both times the robber wore a bandanna.

Hot Chick-A-Latte, 20027 Mountain Hwy. E., was hit twice, Nov. 9 by a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt and gloves, and Nov. 30 by a robber wearing a bandanna.

A white robber held up Jumpin Beans Espresso, 314 182nd Ave. near Bonney Lake, on Nov. 25. He was wearing sunglasses.

A man in a beanie robbed Jitters Java, 13320 Pacific Ave. S., on Dec. 2, and Pacific Northwest Brew, 2924 112th St. E., on Dec. 4.

The next day, a man in a bandanna robbed Perk Central, 18901 Pacific Ave. S.

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips are anonymous and can lead to a reward.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell

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