WALNUT CREEK -- Police are searching for an armed man who tried to rob a discount cigarette store at Palos Verdes Mall on Wednesday evening.

Police said the man went into the Cigarettes for Less store at 1546 Dos Palos Drive shortly before 6 p.m. and showed the employee a gun. The employee ran out of the store, and the man then left the store without taking any money or merchandise, police said. Officers and a police dog searched the but did not find the man.

The suspect is described as a white man about 24 years old, standing 5 foot 9 to 6 feet tall with a medium build, blond hair and some facial hair. He was wearing a white shirt and a baseball cap.

Anyone with information should call the Walnut Creek Police Department at 925-943-5844.

Reach Kristin J. Bender at kbender@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/kjbender.



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