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news Jamestown, 58401
Jamestown North Dakota 121 3rd St NW 58401

A second robbery of a gas station/convenience within three weeks on 10th Street Southwest has Jamestown Chief of Police Scott Edinger advising business owners to make sure security and surveillance systems are properly working.

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At 7:42 p.m. Thursday law enforcement officers from three agencies responded to a call from Stutsman County Communications that a man had robbed Jetstream Car Wash. Maj. John Johnson of the Jamestown Police Department said Thursday a male about 6 feet tall, wearing jeans and a lighter coat with a hood and his face covered up entered the store, asked the clerk for money and left. The suspect was seen leaving on foot through the alley.

Scott Edinger, Jamestown chief of policeEdinger provided an updated description Friday of the suspect: a male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds. He said the clerk described the man’s voice as shaky and that he sounded nervous when he asked for the money. The suspect was wearing a brown Carhartt jacket that was dirty at the bottom and blue jeans. He had the hood on the jacket pulled over his head and the drawstrings pulled tight on the hood so all the clerk could see was the suspect’s eyes.

The robbery occurred three weeks after a robbery of the Cenex gas station/convenience store located at the intersection of 10th Street and Fourth Avenue. According to Edinger the Cenex robbery was reported at 7:40 p.m. on Dec. 15. The description of the suspect was of a male, 5 feet 9 inches or 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing around 200 pounds. He wore a denim jacket, a plaid scarf, a dark-colored face mask and gloves.

The Cenex and the Jetstream Car Wash are located within two blocks of each other. Ray Mering, who has owned Jetstream since 1973, said this was the first time the business had been robbed. He said the clerk who was working at the time of the robbery was shook up, but is doing OK. He declined further comment Friday.

“We’re digging through a limited number of clues,” Edinger said.

Edinger said police are comparing notes on the suspect’s description from the Cenex robbery. Both businesses have video surveillance and alarm systems, but both systems needed to be updated.

“We need people to maintain their (video surveillance) systems, make sure their alarms are working,” he said.

Edinger said when security and surveillance systems are not working right, it slows the law enforcement response times. He said updated security and surveillance systems protect everyone.

“We’ve had two robberies where security wasn’t up to standards,” he said. “It (an updated security system) protects employees and customers.”

Sun reporter Chris Olson can be reached at 701-952-8454 or by email at colson@jamestownsun.com

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