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Minimizing the Award for Store Robberies

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PASCO, Wash. - With the recent robbery at a Conoco gas station in Pasco, we wanted to know what precautions convenience store employees take to handle robberies and how to avoid them.

Convenience stores are known for easy and fast shopping, but is it just as convenient for people who try to rob them?

Thirty years ago, convenience stores became known as one of the most dangerous places to work. Many are open 24 hours a day and they're largely a cash-based business. They can be operated by one clerk, and are conveniently located for in-and-out shopping, making it a target for robbers.

Since then, stores have more security cameras and police are told to patrol the area. Some security companies are even hired to be on watch, and stores don't keep much money in the till anymore.

"Everybody is aware of the risks and the attempt to minimize the reward to anyone who would want to engage in that sort of criminal conduct. They're going to get $15.00 to $20.00 and risk 10 years in prison," said 7/11 Store Manager Don Mariotto.

As for what store clerks do in the event of a robbery, clerks we talked to say to just cooperate and get the robber out of the store as soon as possible, and let the cameras do there job of identifying the suspect.