An armed robber struck a Lincoln Street espresso stand Friday evening, Nov. 28, the second Bellingham coffee stop robbed in three days.
A middle-aged man in sunglasses robbed Zoom Zoom Espresso, 845 Lincoln St., at gunpoint around 5:07 p.m., according to police radio broadcasts. The man took cash, told an employee to get on the ground, and ran off. Police suspect the robber fled on a non-BMX bike. He might have stuffed the black handgun into a reusable grocery bag. The man was last seen heading north, in the direction of Fred Meyer and Lakeway Drive.
Officers, with the help of police dogs and a U.S. border helicopter, combed the back trails behind a nearby car wash, as well as homeless camps in the woods to the north.
The robber was described as white, in his 40s or 50s and clean shaven. He wore a dark rain jacket with the hood up and carried an over-the-shoulder shopping bag.
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Just two days earlier, around 5:50 p.m. Wednesday, a man with an almost identical description robbed I Wana Moka, 3100 Old Fairhaven Parkway. That man was dressed in all black. After robbing the Fairhaven barista at gunpoint, he told her to run. He’s believed to have fled on a bicycle. Again, police dogs and a helicopter couldn’t track him down.
Both coffee stands are very close to Interstate 5 exits.