Gunman robs Lacey coffee stand

LACEY - A man armed with a handgun robbed the Greenest Bean coffee stand in the 4600 block of Pacific Avenue about 4:30 a.m. Friday, according to Lacey police.

A 27-year-old female barista had opened the shop at 4 a.m. and was working alone, Lacey Police Lt. Jim Mack said. Also according to Mack:

The suspect pulled the handgun and demanded that she give him all of the money from the register. He then climbed through the shop’s open glass window and forced the barista to lie face-down on the ground as he took her belongings and other items, including an iPod.

The suspect fled on foot, and the barista called police. Lacey police set up a perimeter and called out a K-9 unit but couldn’t find the suspect. The K-9 track followed a trail that ended in the area of Webb Street. Police think the suspect may have had a car stashed there.

The suspect is described as a white male, about 5 feet, 11 inches, with a medium build and brown hair. His face was covered from the nose down, and he was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt.

Police are attempting to gather video surveillance footage from businesses near the coffee stand.

Mack said that area businesses that are open late at night or early in the morning should consider having more than one employee present during those hours.

“You don’t want to be a target,” he said.

The Greenest Bean was open for business Friday afternoon. Employees seemed shaken by news of the robbery. Employee Sherry Brouillard said strange people sometimes come to the stand early in the morning but added, “Cops are pretty good about checking on us at four in the morning.”

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5465