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Story last updated at 11:33 AM on Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Armed man robs Grog Shop

By Michael Armstrong
Staff Writer

A man armed with a semi-automatic pistol robbed the Grog Shop liquor store late Monday night, taking an undisclosed amount of cash and merchandise. A male clerk, the only person in the Pioneer Avenue store, was not injured in the robbery.

"Fortunately, nobody was hurt," said Grog Shop owner Mel Strydom. "That's the important thing."

According to a press release from the Homer Police, about 11:35 p.m. a man described as 6-foot tall, thin and wearing clothing that covered his entire body, including head, face and hands, entered the store, picked up merchandise, approached the clerk and brandished a handgun. The robber demanded money, got cash and left the store. The man then fled on foot into a wooded area along the Poopdeck Trail behind the Grog Shop.

Citing an ongoing investigation, police are not releasing details of the robbery, such as the exact amount of money or the kind of merchandise taken, said Lt. Randy Rosencrans.

Strydom said this was the first armed robbery of the Grog Shop in the seven-and-a-half years he's owned it. In the 20 years the previous owner had the Grog Shop, it only had been robbed once, he said.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.armstrong@homernews.com.