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Polite Robber' Arrested for Weekend Stick-Up

"I'm robbing you, sir."

SEATTLE (The Blaze/AP) — The owner of a south Seattle convenience store says a man pulled a gun this weekend and asked him for a favor — empty the till. Now, the man dubbed the "polite robber" has been arrested.

White Center Shell station owner John Henry told KING-TV he asked the man, who was in his 50s, what he meant.

The man replied, "I'm robbing you, sir."

Henry offered him $40, but the man took all the money, about $300, apologizing and saying he had bills to pay and children to feed.

As he left, he said if he ever got back on his feet, he'd pay the money back.

The man drove off in a red car, but Sgt. John Urquhart, of the King County Sheriff's Office, says officers quickly identified a suspect from tips received after surveillance video of Saturday's robbery "went viral."

Urquhart did not immediately identify the man arrested Monday afternoon. The spokesman says the 65-year-old man arrested at a residence near the robbery site has convictions for armed robbery and forgery.

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