ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Round Rock police are asking for the community’s help to find a robbery suspect who targeted a Pier One Imports store.
According to police, they responded to the call of a robbery in progress Thursday Jan. 21 around 7:30 p.m. at a Pier One Imports store at La Frontera Shopping Center. When the officers arrived, employees told them a man armed with a small black handgun demanded the cashiers open the registers.
“I think his target location was quite unusual, the time of day was not so unusual being that it was kind of close to closing time,” explained Sgt. Darin Bayles with the Round Rock Police Department. “This is a unique experience for us, but I don’t think it’s that unusual perhaps nationwide, but not one of your common targets.”
Police said the accused robber’s age, fact he chose Pier One, and lingered before committing the crime are all reasons why this case is different than others.
“Most of the times these are very quick occurring offenses where people come into the store or business and make contact with the clerk, make their demands and then they get out of there,” explained Sgt. Bayles. “This could be anything from him getting up the nerve to make contact, to waiting for the coast to be clear, to scoping out different aspects of the business in order for him to make his decision.”
Bayles said the suspect pretended to shop around the store for about 15 minutes. That’s when he went up to cashiers and brandished a hand gun in a holster on his hip which was underneath his jacket.
“As you can imagine the clerks were pretty shocked by this because they never are expecting an event like this,” said Bayles.
Round Rock police said the man ordered two employees and a customer to a back storage room while he got away.
The suspect is described by police as a man in his 50s or 60s, roughly 5’9″ and 225 pounds. In the surveillance video the suspect can be seen wearing a light-weight dark colored jacket, khaki pants, white tennis shoes, and a green cap with an army logo.
Anyone with information is asked to call 512-671-2847 or leave a top with the Williamson County Crime Stoppers at 800-253-7867.