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Butler convenience store robbed at gunpoint Saturday night

October 24, 2021 News Extra

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A bullet hole (center) behind the counter of the Butler Tobacco and Grocery Store remained in the aftermath of a Saturday night armed robbery.

The Butler Tobacco and Grocery Store opened at 9 a.m. Sunday, despite being the locale of an armed robbery, involving a shot fired, a little more than 12 hours earlier.

Butler City Police responded to the store at 108 Pillow St., Butler, Saturday night shortly after store employees were robbed at gunpoint, according to employees.

Lisa Albert, the store's manager, was one of two employees working during the robbery. She said the man at one point shot one round over her left shoulder, just past her head. The bullet hole in the wall remained visible behind the cashier's area while customers checked out Sunday.

Albert said she gave the man whatever was in the register, and he left immediately, around 7:35 p.m. Neither she nor the other employee was injured.

"He was gone pretty fast," Albert said.

The man is described as being roughly 5-foot, 9-inches tall with a 250-pound build.

He wore a light gray, zip-up hoodie with the hood up, a Halloween mask that covered all of his face and light-colored baggie pants with a different colored drawstring. The man also wore black shoes and a pair of work gloves with rubberized palms colored blue.

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Nathan Bottiger

Nathan Bottiger

Nathan Bottiger graduated with a degree in journalism in 2015 from Pitt-Johnstown. Previously working as a business reporter for the paper, he took over the crime beat at the Butler Eagle in 2021.