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Newberg schools on lockout after Circle K robbery

Robber makes off with undisclosed amount of cash, cigarettes and chewing tobacco

A Thursday morning robbery in Newberg led to several schools being placed on lockout as a precautionary measure while police searched for the subject.PHOTO COURTESY OF NDPD - A robbery took place mid-morning at Circle K in Newberg. The suspect has not been located, police officials said.

At about 10:20 a.m. Newberg-Dundee Police Department officers responded to a report of a robbery at the Circle K market at 3101 Portland Road. The market is located in a 76 gas staion.

The clerk told officers a male suspect came into the store with his hand in his coat pocket and demanded money from the register. The suspect stole some cash, a pack of cigarettes and chewing tobacco before fleeing the scene west toward McDonald’s.

The suspect was described as a white male, 6 feet tall with blue eyes, blonde hair and a goatee. He was wearing jeans and a dark coat with a hood.

Newberg High School, Mabel Rush and Mountain View Middle School were informed of the robbery and were placed in lockout for about 40 minutes, while officers checked the surrounding neighborhoods and businesses.

Lockout is a safety measure of securing the school’s perimeter when there is a threat or hazard outside the building, according to the Newberg School District. Students and staff return inside the school building, while normal school activities are carried on as usual.

Officers have not located the suspect in the robbery. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the NDPD dispatch center at 503-538-8321 and to ask for Officer Liston or Detective Clay.