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Updated: Payless Shoes Robbery Leads to Search at Springbrook Apts. in Fridley

Police were still searching, according to Anoka County Emergency Dispatch.

Updated below. A robbery at Payless Shoes in Coon Rapids at 8:50 p.m. Saturday led to a police search a short distance south in the area of the Springbrook Apartments in Fridley.

As of 9:50 p.m., police had not found a suspect, according to Anoka County Emergency Dispatch.

The Police Clips Facebook page, which gathers information from law enforcement scanners, reported:

Armed Robbery of business in Coon Rapids, MN Suspect locked employees in the bathroom and escaped. Fridley, Blaine, Coon Rapids, Anoka County Sheriffs assisting. Crime Lab now responding.

Anoka County Emergency Dispatch said the information about employees being locked in the bathroom "hasn't been verified."

A commenter at the Fridley Patch Facebook page reported at 9:35 p.m. "police blocking at University NE and 81st."

Update: Police Clips has posted scanner audio about the incident, including a report that the suspect used a black handgun.

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