- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—YAKIMA, Wash. — Bail was set at a half-million dollars Monday for a 21-year-old man suspected of helping rob two Upper Valley stores within minutes of one another Friday night.

The man, along with two juveniles, was arrested by a SWAT team after police traced a cellphone taken in one of the robberies to a home in the 700 block of South Sixth Avenue in Yakima.

Bail for the two juveniles arrested could not be immediately determined Monday afternoon.

The first robbery took place at 9:25 p.m., when a clerk at Robert’s Market, 602 Maple St. in Tieton, reported she’d been robbed by three males wearing masks and bandannas and armed with a shotgun.

About 10 minutes later, a second robbery was reported about 3 miles away at Highland Quick Stop, 16841 Summitview Road, in Cowiche.

The victim there also reported being robbed by three armed, masked males. A shot was fired through the store’s window as the men fled in a red passenger car, according to the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said the gunshot narrowly missed striking the clerk, who reported his cellphone was also stolen.

Investigators tracked the stolen phone to a home in the 700 block of South Sixth Avenue, where police and a SWAT team arrested the three suspects. They are a 21-year-old and a 15-year-old, both from Yakima, and a 15-year-old from Toppenish.


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