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Police: Woman who robbed Portland bookstore also hit coffee shop and clog store

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Wallace Books was one of three businesses Portland police say that Hilary Bishop robbed over the last 10 days before being arrested Monday. (KPTV) Wallace Books was one of three businesses Portland police say that Hilary Bishop robbed over the last 10 days before being arrested Monday. (KPTV)
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It was a bizarre string of robberies at unexpected places - an independent bookstore, a European-style coffeehouse and a shoe store that specializes in clogs - but Portland police have arrested a woman they believe to be behind all three.

Hilary Bishop, 44, is facing five robbery charges, all Measure 11 crimes, and pleaded not guilty in a Multnomah County courtroom Tuesday.

Police say Bishop was arrested after robbing Wallace Books on Southeast Milwaukie Avenue at gunpoint around 7:00 p.m. Monday.

The owner of the Sellwood-area store said the arrest was thanks to a good Samaritan, who saw the woman pulling off a ski mask as she left the shop and followed her. He was able to get her license plate and a good description to give to police.

Officers arrested Bishop shortly after.

Court records show they found cash, a ski mask and a pistol in Bishop’s car, though police said the gun turned out to be a replica.

“Armed robbery, I mean it’s just scary any time a gun is involved,” Wallace Books owner Julie Wallace told FOX 12. “So I was just so happy and relieved that nobody was hurt. What else can you say?”

Court records show Bishop got only about $200 from the bookstore.

She’s also charged with robbing Palio Dessert & Espresso in nearby Ladd’s Addition on August 7 and Clogs & More on Southeast Hawthorne on Monday, the same day police said she hit the bookshop.

“I’m sad for the woman who felt like she needed to strike terror into somebody’s heart, but it’ll work out,” Wallace said. “My phone’s been blowing up with Facebook, calls and texts, and this is a fabulous neighborhood – evident by somebody who was walking down the street and decided to make a difference. And that’s just typical of this neighborhood. I’m very lucky to do business here.”

Bishop is expected back in court next week.

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