A warrant has been issued to bring to Pierce County a man who allegedly admitted to robbing 15 businesses and banks in three counties.
Pierce County prosecutors on Thursday charged Eric Collier, 25, with six counts of first-degree robbery. Collier, who is in custody in Thurston County, faces other charges there and in King County.
He allegedly held up a string of pizza restaurants and banks from October to January.
Collier “said he had a prescription pill problem and owed money to his supplier,” according to charging papers. “He said he committed the robberies to support his habit and family.”
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Collier was arrested Jan. 20 outside an Olympia Federal Bank branch that police said he was planning to rob.
Here are the robberies he’s accused of in Pierce County:
• Oct. 22: A man armed with a revolver held up a Pizza Time outlet at 17316 Pacific Ave. E., Spanaway. The robber made two employees tie their hands to the sink and gave them scissors to cut themselves loose once he left.
• Oct. 27: A man robbed a Pizza Time at 316 E. Pioneer Ave., Puyallup.
• Nov. 1: The robber returned to the Pizza Time in Spanaway and again made the employees tie themselves to the sink while he took money from the cash register. One of the employees was present at both holdups.
• Dec. 3: A man robbed the Umpqua Bank branch at 11821 Canyon Road E.
• Dec. 9: A man robber the Heritage Bank branch at 12803 Canyon Road E.
• Jan. 6: A man robbed an Umpqua Bank branch at 1211 S. Pearl St., Tacoma.