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Christmas robbery foiled by stupidity

POULSBO — The old adage that crooks “return to the scene of the crime” rang true in the early hours of Christmas Day but not for the typical reason.

At approximately 2:15 a.m. Dec. 25, the Poulsbo Police Department received a call from the Chevron station on Highway 305 and Hostmark that a robbery was in progress.

Jared Persitz, 22, of Vancouver brandished a butterfly knife and “several times threatened to kill” employees at the Chevron, Poulsbo Police Sgt. Bill Playter said Monday. Persitz’s accomplice, Matthew Barela, 22, of Aberdeen, waited in the car.

Despite the threats and Persitz’s attempts to cut the phone line, one of the Chevron employees dialed 911.

“He got mad and knocked all the stuff off the counter and left,” Playter said of the

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