EVERETT — Three teenagers robbed two gas stations and a cannabis shop in Snohomish County last month, according to police, stealing cash, cigarettes and an estimated $1,125 in marijuana.
A 19-year-old in the group, from Everett, was charged Sept. 11 with two counts of first-degree robbery in Snohomish County Superior Court. The other two, 16 and 17, both from Lynnwood, were charged as juveniles in August, also with robbery.
All of the incidents took place the same night and within a 20-mile span, prosecutors wrote.
According to police reports, the suspects first robbed a Texaco gas station in Everett at 10:47 p.m. on Aug. 18. One allegedly brandished a handgun and demanded the clerk open the cash register. The trio took $160 and several packages of cigarettes and ran, according to charges. Another witness reported seeing them arrive and leave in a gold Chevrolet Impala.
An hour later, Lynnwood police were dispatched to an ampm convenience store for another report of a robbery, again involving three males. Again, prosecutors allege, one of the suspects pointed a gun at the clerk. Rather than open the register, the clerk reported he hit a panic alarm. The suspects fled, allegedly taking about $300 worth of items, including several vaping devices.
While the Lynnwood officers were investigating the ampm incident, Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies were called to a third robbery, at the Herbal Nation marijuana store outside Bothell. Employees reported they were closing the store when the three suspects forced their way inside. They allegedly took an estimated $1,125 in Sticky Budz marijuana.
A half-hour later, Bothell police found a gold Chevrolet Impala and arrested three teenagers. All wore clothing and shoes similar to the people seen in security footage, police reported.
The 19-year-old claimed he had been hanging out when one of the others gave him a ride home. He told officers he didn’t know why he had been pulled over.
Inside the Chevrolet, police reportedly found several vape devices and marijuana packages labeled Sticky Budz, as well as a BB gun, clothes and masks.
The 19-year-old was in the Snohomish County Jail Thursday with bail set at $100,000. The other two were placed in juvenile detention.