Glendale police Wednesday circulated security photos of a man sought for robbing a market by brandishing a blowtorch.

Officers were sent to the Gardenia Market and Deli, 4121 Pennsylvania Ave., about 10:15 p.m. Saturday.

“The 25-year-old male employee … advised the officers that a male entered the market, walked towards the back of the store, and then seemed to wait for customers to leave the store,” said Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot.

“The suspect then went behind the counter where the employee was seated,” she said. “The employee got scared and jumped onto the counter when the male pulled out what appeared to be a blowtorch and a lighter.”

The man lit the blowtorch with the lighter and pointed it at the employee, telling him “not to move and to give him the money,” Lightfoot said.

The clerk opened the cash register and the suspect scooped out cash, then grabbed a bottle of Fear Sonic vodka from a shelf before fleeing, Lightfoot said.

The clerk, who was uninjured, activated a silent alarm. He told investigators that the suspect also came into the store about 15 minutes before committing the robbery, purchased a coffee and left.

The suspect was described as black, in his 30s, about 5 feet 5 to 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about 140-150 pounds. He wore a black sweatshirt, black jeans and a blue shirt. The store clerk said the man’s hands “appeared dirty, as if he were a mechanic,” Lightfoot said.

The clerk told police he saw the suspect driving a brown or silver, four-door 1990s Chevrolet Suburban with black primer on the driver’s side fender, Lightfoot said.

Anyone with information on the crime was urged to call police at (818) 548-4911, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

— City News Service

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