Caught on camera: Man robs pizzeria with fire poker, knife
A suspect was caught on camera during an armed robbery at a Penticton, B.C. pizzeria on June 14, 2019. (Handout)
CTV News Vancouver
Published Thursday, June 20, 2019 10:31AM PDT
Police are searching for a suspect after a Penticton pizza shop was robbed by a man brandishing a knife and a fire poker.
Authorities said the robber was also wearing a ski mask when he entered the pizzeria at around midnight on June 14. He then walked behind the counter, where an employee was making pizza.
"The man told the staff member to open the register, while holding a fire poker in one hand and a knife in the other hand," Const. James Grandy said in a news release.
"The employee opened up the register and the man put the cash into a pizza box and left on foot."
Police said the suspect left the knife behind at the scene, though it's unclear whether the weapon was abandoned on purpose.
On Thursday, nearly a week after the robbery, police released a surveillance image taken inside the pizzeria in the hopes someone will recognize the suspect and help identify him.
The only descriptive details available are that the suspect is 5'9" tall and was wearing a long shirt, long pants and gloves at the time of the robbery.
Penticton RCMP asked anyone with information to call them at 250-492-4300. Tipsters who want to remain anonymous can instead call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.