Olympia – A 30-year-old man who was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of two weekend robberies of drive-through espresso stands in Olympia has admitted involvement in one of them, court papers state.
Jeremy Paul Bernier told police that he spent the $153 he stole from Avenue Espresso on gas, cigarettes, and two 80 milligram OxyContin tablets, court papers state.
Bernier has denied involvement in the other robbery he is accused of committing, at Dominic’s Coffee Co. on Sunday, according to court papers.
Someone robbed Avenue Espresso at 3939 Martin Way E. in Olympia on Saturday around 3:45 p.m.
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On Sunday about 10:30 a.m., someone robbed Dominic’s Coffee Co. at 1100 Plum St. in Olympia.
According to court papers:
Olympia police arrested Bernier on Sunday night, one day after a man had called 911 to report Bernier’s plan to “possibly rob a business in the area.” After the 911 call, someone robbed Avenue Espresso. The tipster reported that he was in Bernier’s black Toyota sport utility vehicle, and he gave a 911 dispatcher the vehicle’s license plate number.
During the robbery of Avenue Espresso, a “white male, wearing a black baseball hat, large sunglasses, grey zip up jacket, blue jeans” walked to the window as if he was going to order coffee. It appeared that the suspect had not shaved in several days.
The suspect told an employee, words to the effect of “I hate to do this, but I have two black guys on the phone right now that are telling me to tell you to give me all of the money out of the register and the tip jar.”
The suspect then said “If you make any sudden moves or call the police, two black males are going to kill me and you.”
After the robbery, the tipster that had called 911 was contacted by Olympia police, and he said Bernier “was talking about robbing a business because he needed money. Initially he did not think Jeremy was actually going to follow through. Then Jeremy left him parked in the vehicle, and said that he was going to rob a business.”
Police learned that the registered owner of the Toyota was Bernier’s mother.
On Sunday, Olympia police were dispatched to Dominic’s Coffee Co., and learned from an employee that a suspect had walked up to the stand and said “Give me all your money … I have a cell phone and people are watching you … they will shoot you if you run off.” The employee said that the suspect led her to believe he had a gun.
The employee at Dominic’s said the suspect took about $300 cash.
A description of the suspect by the employee includes: 22 to 29 years old, about four days of beard growth, 5 foot 10, brown hair, large gold-colored aviator-style sunglasses, zip-up gray sweatshirt, white nylon pants with a black or navy stripe down each leg.
Olympia police located Bernier at a local restaurant. “At the time of the arrest, Bernier was wearing large aviator-style sunglasses and had several days worth of facial hair growth.”
Bernier’s father drove the family’s Toyota to a police station. An Olympia officer saw through the vehicle’s window that clothing items inside appeared to match clothing that was worn by the suspect in the Dominic’s robbery.
Bernier’s physical appearance matches the description of the suspects in both coffee stand robberies.