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Woman holds up Perham store, no arrests made yet

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.

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 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.