Chris Greenley was shaking when police stopped him, but he denied being involved in the robbery of a pizza shop near Gig Harbor.
Pierce County sheriffs deputies didnt believe him. Witnesses had described his vehicle fleeing the scene, including a partial license plate number.
After officials recorded a phone call Greenley made to his dad from jail instructing him to get his car out of the police impound lot before it was searched, and to retrieve cash from under the seat, prosecutors charged Greenley with first-degree robbery.
The 23-year-old pleaded not guilty Wednesday and was ordered jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail.
The robbery occurred Tuesday at Seabeck Pizza in the 9500 block of state Route 302. The owner told deputies she was closing for the night when a man in a hooded sweatshirt and ski mask walked in, demanded money and reached into his sweatshirt as if grabbing a gun.
When the owner handed him the money, the robber snatched cash from the tip jar and fled, court records show.
Witnesses were able to provide deputies with a description of the getaway vehicle and the last four digits of his license plate. A Gig Harbor police officer pulled Greenley over near state Route 16.
Greenley changed his story about where hed been that night, first saying hed dropped a friend off in Purdy and then saying hed loaned his car to a friend who went searching for cocaine, charging documents state.
The pizza parlor owner identified Greenley in a photo lineup, according to court records.