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"Polite Robber" Update: Seattle Police Charge Man Accused In "Sorry" Robbery

Suspect Gregory P. Hess (CBS)
"Polite Robber" Update: Seattle Police Charge Man Accused In "Polite" Robbery
Surveillance Video of Seattle Convenience Store Robbery (CBS)

(CBS/AP) Seattle-area prosecutors have filed a first-degree robbery charge against a 65-year-old man accused of politely holding up a convenience store at gunpoint.

Surveillance video from Saturday's robbery in Seattle showed a man who police identify as Gregory Hess, telling the store's owner to empty a cash register, all while saying "please" and calling the man "sir."

Hess was charged Thursday.

He remains in the King County Jail on $250,000 bail.

The King County sheriff's office says Hess is a former Starbucks barista who has been on federal supervision since 2007, when he was released from prison after receiving a nearly six-year sentence for robbing five banks and a video store.

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Janet Freeman prosecuted Hess for the earlier crimes. She says he's always been polite.

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