Cameras captured a man robbing a Thurston County Papa Murphy’s at gunpoint.
Video shows the man walking through the front door and whipping out a revolver. It didn’t take long for the masked robber to get away with a handful of cash.
“It was very quick. He was in and out of the store within 15 seconds,” said Detective Aaron Ficek, of the Olympia Police Department.
Ficek said the man robbed Papa Murphy’s Pizza in east Olympia just after 9 p.m. Feb. 1. He demanded money from the two workers cleaning up inside.
“It was right after closing time, so they were going through the closing process of pulling all of the money out of the tills,” said Ficek.
Donny Bocksch owns multiple Thurston County Papa Murphy’s Pizzas, including the one that was robbed on Pacific Avenue Southeast. He said he’s never been robbed before.
“We’re all concerned. We want this person caught,” said Bocksch.
He said his workers are doing OK, but many worry the man will come back.
Police said the suspect is around 5 feet, 11 inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing a tan and black jacket, dark jeans, work gloves and red, white and black tennis shoes.
“This is an awakening, so all my landlords are really responding well. We’re improving the lighting everywhere,” said Bocksch. “We’re dropping our cash, we’re emptying it out, so if that person comes back, they’re not going to get any money or very little.”
Ficek said armed robberies seem to be on the rise in the South Sound.
Olympia police are working with Tumwater police to see if the man who robbed Papa Murphy’s Pizza may be connected to a recent robbery at Dutch Brothers.
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