‘Life gets rough’: Man allegedly stole, then returned cash

He returned to the Marysville gas station he had robbed at knifepoint. The employee knew him.

MARYSVILLE — A 23-year-old man who allegedly robbed a gas station Nov. 26 had a change of heart and gave the money back.

A video had shown the Snohomish man entering the store at 70 State Ave. in Marysville, according to a police report. He loitered in the aisles, apparently waiting for other customers to leave.

When they were gone, he reportedly went up to the counter, took out a hunting knife from his waistband and flashed it at the employee. He filled a plastic bag with $468 from the till, along with other items, the report says.

He ran away and was gone by the time Marysville officers arrived.

An employee called police three days later, saying the suspect had come back.

The alleged robber said he wanted to return the money. She asked why he stole it.

“Life gets rough,” he said.

She asked for his phone number, but he refused and left.

The employee said she knew the suspect from recovery meetings and gave police his name.

Using it, the officers found a copy of the man’s photo through the state Department of Licensing. The employee who was robbed said the picture was a match.

The suspect was booked into the Snohomish County Jail under investigation of first-degree robbery with a deadly weapon.

Zachariah Bryan: 425-339-3431; zbryan@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @zachariahtb.

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