Austin, MN (KROC-AM News)- Authorities have issued a request for public assistance to help solve a recent armed robbery reported at a southern Minnesota gas station. 

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The Austin Police Department issued the request Monday afternoon. The hold-up occurred shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 7. 

Austin Police responded to the armed robbery at a convenience store in the 900 block of 12th St. Southwest. 

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Police say the suspect brandished a black pistol and demanded money from the clerk saying, “we're all doing our jobs, but I need all the money in the till.” 

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Officials say the gun-wielding suspect then took an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register, apologized to the clerk, shook her hand and fled the store on foot. Police believe he took off east along 10th Ave. Southwest. 

The suspect is described as a taller teenage male between the ages of 16 and 18. A security camera photo of the robbery shows the suspect dressed in all black and a ski mask covering the majority of his face. 

Police are asking anyone with information on the armed robbery to contact Austin Police Investigations at 507-437-9405.

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