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Armed robber steals from 2 tourists and a clerk

Napa Police are investigating an armed robbery at Val’s Liquors on Third Street Thursday night in which two tourists lost their digital camera and selfie stick and the clerk lost his cell phone.

Police said the robber, armed with a semi-automatic handgun, entered the store at 7:11 p.m. and confronted the tourists and the clerk.

After giving up their possessions, the tourists and the clerk fled to the back of the building. Meanwhile, police had been tipped off and surrounded the liquor store with drawn guns, believing the robber might still be inside.

The victims called police dispatch and said they were afraid to come out, believing the robber might still be in the building, police said.

Officers and a police K-9 searched the interior of the building and it was determined the suspect fled prior to their arrival, police said.

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No cash was taken from the store’s register, police said.

The victims were not physically injured, police said.

Police released a photo of the robber, described as a Hispanic male in his late 20s or early 30s of medium build. He was wearing a long sleeve brown shirt and blue jeans.

Detectives are following leads and requesting anyone with information to contact Detective Garrett Smith (gsmith@cityofnapa.org), or send an anonymous tip by texting the word 707NPD and tip information to 847411 (Tip411).

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City Editor

Kevin has been city editor since September 2010. He joined the Register in 1973 as a reporter. He covered Napa City Hall and assorted other beats over the years. Kevin has been writing his Napa Journal column on Sundays since 1989.