Printed on: January 02, 2013

Another armed robbery in Idaho Falls

By Zach Kyle

Idaho Falls police are investigating the latest in a string of armed robberies in the city.

A suspect brandishing a handgun and wearing a blue bandana covering his face held up the Maverik Country Store at 2625 W. Broadway around 2:05 a.m. on New Year's Day.

The suspect pointed the gun at the clerk and demanded she empty the cash register into a bag he'd brought.

No one else was in the store.

The clerk complied. The robber made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Idaho Falls police spokeswoman Joelyn Hansen described the suspect as a white male about 5 feet 6 with a slight build.

The suspect wore a green stocking cap, black jacket and light blue athletic pants with a stripe down each leg.

The armed robbery was the third in Idaho Falls since Dec. 26, when a suspect -- described by police as about 5 feet 7 with a medium build -- robbed the Phillips 66 convenience store at 495 W. 17th St.

The Phillips 66 suspect wore a ski mask and brandished a handgun.

On Sunday, a man in a stolen car robbed the Subway restaurant at 995 E. 17th St.

Wearing a ski mask, the suspect threatened two Subway employees with a rifle at the drive-through window.

Police gave no further description of the suspect, who ditched the stolen car.

A similar string of armed robberies in the city last summer remain unsolved. A suspect described as about 5 feet 6 and 130 pounds robbed three convenience stores, including the West Broadway Maverik, from June 30 to July 29.

Hansen said police haven't ruled out a possible connection between the New Year's Day robbery and the robberies in December or in the summer.

"At this point, we don't have anything to speculate a correlation, but obviously it's something we'll look into," Hansen said. "It could be the same person."

Anyone with information about any of the robberies is asked to contact the Idaho Falls Police Department at 529-1200 or Crime Stoppers at 522-1983.

Armed robbery is punishable by five years to life in prison.

Extra insight

Dec. 27: "Another store is robbed"

Jan. 1: "Masked robber threatens employees at drive-through window"