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Video shows man robbing D.C. dry cleaners

District police are searching for man who was captured on surveillance video robbing a clerk at a dry cleaning store in Northwest Washington late last month.

The unusually clear video shows the man in a yellow shirt pointing a large-caliber black semi-automatic handgun at the victim and then lifting the tray, apparently to make sure he had grabbed all the money.

Police said the robbery occurred Sept. 26 about 10:30 a.m. at Bill’s Cleaners in the 1300 block of Florida Ave., NW, near Cardozo Senior High School.

At one point, the man drops some of the money onto the floor, and he can be seen in the video bending down to pick up the bills, while keeping the gun pointed at the clerk. He then stuffs the money into his pants pocket, tucks the gun into the front of his jeans and walks out of the store.

The man is described as black with a dark complexion in his mid to late 20s and standing about 6 feet tall. He has an average build, a close hair cut and an earring in his right ear. He was last seen wearing a black skull cap, dark pants, a neon green shirt with a logo on the front, with a long white shirt underneath. Police said he also had black shoes with white shoe laces and black gloves.

Anyone with information is urged to call D.C. police at 202-727-9099 or text the department’s tip line at 50411.

Peter Hermann covers crime for The Washington Post.

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