Woman robs Olympia optometrist's office at knifepoint Tuesday night

Staff writerFebruary 25, 2014 

Olympia police are investigating an armed robbery of an Olympia optometrist's office that occurred Tuesday night in the 1400 block of Harrison Avenue on the west side.

A woman armed with a dagger or small knife entered the Kornmesser Optometry Clinic at 1405 Harrison Avenue about 5:20 p.m., and ordered two employees to a rear area of the office, Olympia Police Sgt. Bryan Wyllie said.

The woman then rifled through the front desk and stole items, Wyllie added.

Optometrist Dr. James Grimes said in a phone interview Tuesday night that luckily, no one was hurt in the robbery.

"She scared the bejeebers out of the two young ladies who were working here," Grimes said. "Neither one of them is 20-years-old yet."

Detectives were still investigating the robbery and interviewing witnesses as of 6 p.m., Wyllie said. Wyllie added that police were still trying to determine exactly what happened during the robbery.

Grimes said the suspect stole two cash bags, but they contained no cash, only checks. The woman also stole about 20 pairs of sunglasses that were in a drawer at the front desk.

Grimes said the entire staff at the office was shaken by the robbery. He said that Tuesday night's robbery marks the first time there has been a crime at his office in about 28 years at the location on Harrison Avenue.

The female suspect fled the area after the robbery, and police cars were swarming the area of West Olympia on Harrison Avenue Tuesday night trying to locate her.

Anyone who has information that can help police apprehend a suspect in connection with the crime is encouraged to call dispatchers at 360-704-2740.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445; jpawloski@theolympian.com

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