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Police seek help in thefts, assault at Anacostia convenience store

District police are searching for a group of people who stormed a small convenience store in Anacostia on Saturday and stole items off the shelves. Authorities said that one man then beat the store owner with a piece of lumber on the sidewalk outside the shop.

Video surveillance shows the group piling into Cho’s Market in the 1500 block of U Street SE, just off Good Hope Road, and taking items. The incident occurred a few minutes after 10 p.m.

Surveillance video footage shows a group of people robbing a convenience store in Anacostia. ( Police Department)

The man who assaulted the owner is described as about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 180 pounds. He has a medium complexion and was last seen wearing a blue shirt with a Nike emblem and a short sleeve jean jacket or vest. He had a white sweatband on his head, knee-length denim shorts and tennis shoes.

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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