Payless Shoe store in Coon Rapids robbed

A man robbed the Payless Shoe store in Coon Rapids Saturday evening.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Jan. 5, the suspect held up two employees at gunpoint in the store, which is located at 8510 Springbrook Drive N.W., and barricaded them in the bathroom before leaving with cash.

The suspect, who was displaying a black handgun, was described as a black male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 140 pounds and wearing black faded jeans, a gray stocking hat and a baggie green sweatshirt with no hood, according to the Coon Rapids Police report.

When police arrived, there were two people shopping in the store, but they had no idea there had been a robbery and did not see the suspect, the police report states.

Canine units were brought in to search the area, but the suspect was not found.

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