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Mitchell police searching for woman involved in Dakota Sunset robbery

The Dakota Sunset at the corner of West Havens and Ohlman Street was robbed at approximately 5 a.m. Tuesday . Police are still searching for the woman who robbed the store. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell police are searching for a woman who took more than $500 in cash by force Tuesday from a Mitchell gas station and liquor store.

According to the Mitchell Department of Public Safety and Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers, a woman walked to the south door of Dakota Sunset, a gas station and liquor store on the west side of the city, around 5:10 a.m. Tuesday. The suspect allegedly knocked on the door and was let into the business by an employee. Once inside, the suspect took by force more than $500 in cash, which was in two purple unmarked money bags, an orange Commercial Bank money bag and a green First National Bank money bag.

The clerk at the scene of the incident reported seeing a barrel of a small handgun concealed under the suspect’s blue rain poncho during the robbery.

The Crime Stoppers’ news release said the woman is about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, of thin build, and had tan skin and a “large nose with a ball-shaped tip.” The suspect also wore black sunglasses, gray pants and a baby blue rain poncho at the time of the incident. She also had what the clerk described as a “raspy smoker’s voice.”

A white car was seen leaving the area at the time of the robbery, but the Mitchell Police Division said the woman’s direction of travel was unknown. Anyone with information can call the Mitchell Police Division at 995-8400 or the Crime Stoppers at 996-1700.

Anonymous tips can be made to the Crime Stoppers and a minimum of $250 is offered if a tip leads to an arrest.

No other information was immediately available.