Arrest made in Longview pot shop robbery

Armed suspect robs marijuana shop in Longview

LONGVIEW, Wash. --  Police have made an arrest in the robbery last week of a marijuana store in Longview, Washington.

They made the announcement in a Facebook post last Friday. Paul F. Neth appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court.

He remains in the Clark County jail on $75,000 bail for a first-degree robbery accusation.

Longview police had been looking for a suspect in an armed robbery of a recreational marijuana store on Sept. 13. 

The Daily News reported it was the first robbery of a marijuana retailer in Longview since the drug became legal in Washington.

Neth allegedly entered Freedom Market, at 971 14th Avenue in Longview, Wash., at about 8:35 p.m.. Police said he had a paper bag over his hand, and acted like there was a gun inside it, pointing it sideways at the clerk.

He allegedly took more than $500 and fled in a northeast direction from the store. Longview police brought in a K-9 unit and attempted a track without success.

During the robbery, Neth allegedly wore a dark blue zippered hoodie with the words "Oregon Coast" embroidered on it. He also wore black and white Converse shoes with dark pants. He covered his face with a bandana with red and orange flames.

Anyone with information about Neth or the robbery should contact Longview Police Cpl. Jeremy Johnson at 360-442-5800.


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