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Woman holds up Perham store, no arrests made yet

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Perham, 56573

Perham Minnesota 222 2nd Avenue SE 56573

Investigators continue to search for a suspect in the armed robbery that occurred Saturday, Sept. 6, in Perham.

A local woman was questioned in connection with the case, and a search warrant was executed at her residence, but it "wasn't fruitful," according to Perham Police Chief Brian Nelson.

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City and county officers "haven't ruled out anything yet" in their probe into the broad daylight armed robbery of a Perham convenience store, said Nelson.

A female, reportedly brandishing a handgun and wearing a bandana over her face and dark glasses, robbed the Perham BP station at about 1:55 p.m. on Saturday afternoon--at a shift change.

There were two employees on duty at the time, and one was reportedly ordered down to the floor as the second employee handed over cash from the till--reportedly less than $1,000. The entire confrontation lasted about two minutes, said Nelson.

Within an hour, Perham police officers and Otter Tail County deputies were at a home in northeast Perham, questioning a suspect.

As of Tuesday, no formal arrests had been made.

The woman was described as a female; 5 feet, 7 inches tall; 140 pounds; wearing white, baggy pants, a black and blue hooded windbreaker; and she was carrying a long, canvas green and black bag that the money was placed in.

Nelson commended the employees at the convenience store for their conduct during the hold-up.

"They handled it extremely well. They didn't chase after the guy," said Nelson. "You never know the state of mind of somebody with a handgun...so the best thing to do is hopefully get them out of the store without a confrontation. Money is replaceable--people are not."

This is only the second armed robbery incident in Perham in the five years Nelson has served as chief--and one of only a few in recent memory. There was a hold-up at the Perham Westside station about three years ago, involving a knife.

Not long before Nelson's tenure as chief, there was an armed robbery at the Bremer Bank.

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