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Multiple armed robberies occur within two days

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Around 7 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, a male suspect entered Big Jim's Corner Market at 580 N. Broadway Street and pulled a small caliber black revolver on the clerk. He fled with cash and multiple cartons of cigarettes. Soo Chang of Big Jim's Corner Market estimated that approximately $300 in cash was stolen.


CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Security camera footage from Big Jim's Corner Market shows an armed robbery on Saturday, Jan. 7. The suspect is described as a while male in his 30s and approximately 5 feet, 6 inches tall. Estacada has been racked by two armed robberies that occurred within days of each other, but police aren't certain the incidents are related.

Around 7 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, a male suspect entered Big Jim's Corner Market at 580 N. Broadway Street and pulled a small caliber black revolver on the clerk. He fled with cash and multiple cartons of cigarettes. Soo Chang of Big Jim's Corner Market estimated that approximately $300 in cash was stolen.

The clerk was not injured.

In a press release, Jason Bickle of the Sandy Police Department described the robber as a white male in his 30s and approximately 5 feet, 6 inches tall. He was wearing a black ski mask covering his face, a black jacket, blue gloves and blue jeans.

Two days later, the Trails Inn Cafe and Timber Room at 397 Broadway Street also was robbed at gunpoint.

Trails owner Brandi Hoke told the Estacada News that the suspect pulled a gun on the attending bartender within five minutes of the cafe's opening at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9.

"He told her 'Give me all your money," Hoke said.

The suspect took all the money in the cafe's cash register. Hoke declined to state how much money was taken.

"It was right at opening, so it wasn't as much as it could have been," she said, noting that the bartender was shaken up but uninjured.

The robber was approximately 5 feet, 7 inches tall and wearing a mask and dark clothing. He was carrying an umbrella and a handgun and was last seen near Highway 224 and Elm Road.

Chang said she was surprised that the two robberies occurred so close to one another.

Hoke described the situation as "unfortunate."

"It's usually a safe town," she said.

The Sandy Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating the suspect involved with the incident at the Trails Inn. Anyone with information can contact lead detective Jason Coates at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call the department's tip line at 503-489-2195 or use the Sandy Police Department's app. Contacting the police via the tip line or app can be done anonymously.

The Estacada News will update this story with any new developments as they occur.