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By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee November 15, 2009

West Seattle: police are on the hunt for several groups of masked armed robbers who've been hitting businesses in West Seattle in the last several weeks. The first first robbery took place on November 5th when a man wearing a hockey mask, carrying a black handgun, walked into the Super 24 in the 5400 block of Delridge Way SW at about 9:00 p.m.Another man, wearing a hoodie, entered the store along with the masked man and began taking items from the store, before they both fled, a police report says. The next evening, two men entered another shop in the 4400 block of 36th Ave SW—about two miles away from the first robbery—wearing hoodies with bandannas over their faces, pulled out a black pistol and demanded money out of the register. Employees handed over $400 in cash and the masked men fled in a white Ford Taurus. A clerk told police he believed he'd been robbed by the same men before. The next day, on November 7th, yet another store clerk in West Seattle was held up in the 3800 block of Delridge Way SW. This time, police records say, three men wearing bandannas over their faces entered the store, pointed a handgun at the clerk and told him to "empty out the register and give [them] the money".  The men made off with money, a box of cigars, and several energy drinks, a report says. Police records do not indicate whether the robberies are related.

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