Less than four days after opening, the Haggen Food store in Gig Harbor suffered its first robbery.
Pierce County prosecutors alleged the robber was Blake McFarland and charged him with two counts of robbery and two counts of burglary. McFarland, 28, pleaded not guilty to the charges Wednesday and was ordered held in lieu of $80,000 bail.
The robber entered the grocery store on Point Fosdick Drive Northwest on Saturday and waited until a clerk opened the cash register for another customer. The man knocked the clerk to the floor, grabbed money and fled.
Witnesses told police the robber drove away in a Nissan Pathfinder.
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The next day, McFarland allegedly did the same thing at a fast-food restaurant at 5500 Olympic Drive NW.
Police identified McFarland as a suspect, and he turned himself in at the police station. He arrived in a Nissan Pathfinder, according to charging papers.
Haggen, which recently was converted from a Safeway store, opened March 10.