Sheriff’s Office: Man tried to rob pizza shop, fired at worker

A man fired a shot at the employee of a Lacey-area pizza joint as he tried to rob the business, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said.

The robber, wearing a mask, went into the Pizza Time about 10:15 p.m. Saturday at 920 Hensley St. NE, and tried to grab a envelope on the counter that had cash from pizza deliveries, sheriff’s spokesman Cliff Ziesemer said.

An employee struggled with the man, tried to get the envelope back, and the robber fired a shot from a gun, narrowly missed the worker, and fled without the cash, Ziesemer said.

He said local law enforcement agencies plan to meet Tuesday to compare notes and determine if the Saturday suspect matches the description of a man suspected of a series of pizza store robberies in recent weeks from Puyallup to Olympia.

The Lacey-area robber is described as in his 30s, 180 pounds, and 6 foot 2. He was wearing a dark gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, black gloves, and a baseball hat.

Investigators are asking the public to help identify him.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).