Police are searching for a man who robbed Pat Catan's this afternoon by luring the craft store's assistant manager into her office and flashing a handgun.
The man entered the Perkins Avenue store at about 2 p.m. today and asked to speak to a manager, Perkins police Chief Ken Klamar said. Somehow, conversation led the pair into the office, where the man pulled up his shirt to reveal he had a handgun in his waistband.
The assistant manager gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash from the store's safe and he casually left the building, heading east, Klamar said. Shortly after, the assistant manager called police.
Pat Catan's closed immediately after the incident. When the Register called at about 4:30 p.m., a man who answered said the store had "no comment" and hung up before any questions could be asked.
Witnesses said the suspect was black, of a slender build, at least 6 feet tall. He was wearing a blue shirt, jeans and a green baseball cap with flames on it. It's currently unknown how old he was or if he left the parking lot in a car or on foot.
Perkins police are reviewing surveillance video from inside the store and working with neighboring businesses to obtain video of the store's parking lot, Klamar said. Footage should be available tomorrow.
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