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Sorry in Seattle: Polite Robber Caught on Tape, Arrested by Police (VIDEO)

Suspect Gregory P. Hess (CBS)
Suspect Gregory P. Hess (CBS)

(CBS/AP) Seattle man Gregory Hess, who's accused of robbing a  convenience store at gunpoint last weekend, may have earned points with the owner by being polite.

But saying "sir" probably won't impress prosecutors or federal authorities who say they have supervised Hess since he wrapped up a prison term for an earlier string of hold-ups.

The King County Sheriff's Office identified the 65-year-old Hess as the suspect Tuesday. He's 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 hitting five banks and a video store in the Seattle area.

Hess was arrested after surveillance video of Saturday's robbery "went viral" and prompted several tips about the suspect's identity, said sheriff's Sgt. John Urquhart.

The man in the video is seen telling White Center Shell station owner John Henry: "Could you do me a favor? Empty the till for me please and put it right here. I'm robbing you, sir."

"Are you sure?," Henry replies.

"Yes, I'm sure," the man says.

"Why do you want to do that?"

"Because I need the money," the man answers. "I've got kids that need to be fed, sir. I really am sorry to have to do this."

Henry offered the man $40, but the suspect declined it and took $300, promising to pay the money back later, if he could.

Hess' bail was set at $250,000. He is being held for investigation of robbery but had not been charged.