Herald JournalHoward Lake-Waverly Herald, Dec. 23, 2002

Robbers ditch all the money taken at Circle C, Montrose

By Lynda Jensen

Two masked men robbed the Circle C convenience store along Highway 12 in Montrose ­ and then ditched all the money they had stolen ­ just before midnight last Monday.

Shortly before closing, two masked men entered the store, according to the Wright County Sheriff's Office.

One of them proceeded to kick and drag the male clerk from behind the counter, and down a shopping aisle, while the second masked man removed the cash drawer from the till.

The suspects left through the back door of the business.

Deputies searched the area, where a k-9 Unit, which was borrowed from Hennepin County, picked up a track behind the business.

The k-9 located the cash drawer and all of the stolen money a short distance away in the residential area, according to Chief Deputy Don Lindell of the sheriff's office.

Shadow, which is the k-9 unit for Wright County, was not used because the handler was not working that day, he said. The Hennepin County dog was very close and available, he said.

"We think they (the robbers) probably saw the squads coming," Lindell said.

The suspects were not located. They are described as two males, one approximately 5 feet, 9 inches, 220 pounds, wearing black jeans, a plaid coat, and skeleton type mask; and the other male, approximately 6 feet tall, 150 pounds, wearing all black with a ski mask.

The store clerk was checked by ambulance personnel, but had minor injuries and was not transported.

The business was struck a few years ago when someone tried to break in, said Manager Doreen Outly. No one was inside the building at the time.

The business was formerly the 12-High Superette.

The incident is being investigated by the Wright County Sheriff's Office, and anyone with information regarding this incident should contact the sheriff's office at (763) 682-1162.

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