Alaska State Troopers are trying to find the man who robbed Kasilof Mercantile at gunpoint Saturday.
The robbery was reported at about 8:45 p.m. Saturday. Lt. Tom Bowman of the trooper post in Soldotna said the last employee still at the store was closing and had stepped outside to lock the doors.
"The individual approached from the rear, took him back in at gunpoint, took him into the office, had him open the safe and sat him down in a chair," Bowman said.
The robber tied the employee into the chair, took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot.
He was described as a white male about 5-feet, 9-inches tall with green eyes. He wore dark clothes and carried a dark handgun, Bowman said.
The employee was able to free himself several minutes later. The employee reported the robbery to the store's owner, and the owner called troopers.
Bowman said investigators are following several leads. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Sgt. Barry Wilson at 262-4453.
Bowman said the last armed robbery he could recall on the Kenai Peninsula was about a year ago at the Kasilof Riverview, across the Sterling Highway from Kasilof Mercantile. The suspects in that case were caught about an hour after the robbery.
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