A Lakewood man was paid in rolls of pennies after borrowing his sister’s car to drive people to two weekend armed robberies in Tacoma, according to court documents.
The 20-year-old man faces two counts of first-degree robbery in Pierce County Superior Court, and his bail was set at $75,000.
According to court documents:
Detectives pulled over the man while looking for vehicles connected to four robberies early Saturday.
As he was being handcuffed, he yelled, “I know who was doing the robberies, but I didn’t do it.” Then he said, “I know who all of them are, and they’re ready to hit another place.”
He finished by saying, “They threatened to kill me if I talk to the police.”
He told detectives he drove four males to a convenience store at South 56th Street and Yakima Avenue, where they robbed the place and left with a backpack full of cash.
Then he drove them to a convenience store at South 72nd and Oakes streets, where they returned to the car with cash, a box of rolled pennies and cigars.
They drove to a home, where they split the proceeds.
The driver was paid with some of the rolled pennies, which he gave to police.