Sketch released of armed robber who hit four Bellingham businesses

Police have released a sketch of the man who used a gun to rob employees at four small Bellingham restaurants last month.

The middle-aged white man wore dark, heavy clothes in all the cases from Nov. 6 to Nov. 26. Employees described him as about 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10.

Anyone who thinks they know who the robber might be is asked to Bellingham Police Detective Dan Kelsh at 360-778-8690. People can remain anonymous using the tip line at 360-778-8611.

Here’s a refresher on the Bellingham cases …

• A man in a Groucho Marx-style mask came in through the back door of Westside Pizza, 4260 Cordata Parkway, around 9:50 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6. Two young men working at the time were ordered to the ground at gunpoint. A third employee handed over the cash. The store manager hesitantly described the man’s demeanor as “polite” and “professional.” For one thing, he explained he wouldn’t steal their cars; he took their keys but left them outside. The man was white with grayish facial hair; he wore heavy, dark clothes and military boots. He walked out through the front door. Police suspect he jumped onto a dark mountain bike.

• A man in a red raincoat robbed Man Pies, 1215 Railroad Ave., at 8:04 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9. He came in through the back door, brandished a gun and took cellphones from the two employees on duty. He grabbed cash from the register before fleeing out the back door. Police found his clothes ditched nearby.

• An armed robber — white, in his 50s, about 5-foot-8, dressed in all black, with a backpack on — struck I Wana Moka, 3100 Old Fairhaven Parkway, around 5:50 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, the day before Thanksgiving. Afterward he told the barista to run. She didn’t see what direction he fled.

• An armed man in dark clothes and sunglasses burst into Zoom Zoom Espresso, 845 Lincoln St., around 5 p.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 28. The barista, Jeneya Rommel, told KIRO 7 the man said, “I wanna mocha,” before he aimed a gun at her and a customer. He ordered the customer to the ground. The robber stuffed the money into a colorful Trader Joe’s reusable shopping bag. Police suspect he fled north on a dark mountain bike, but officers, police dogs and a U.S. border helicopter could not find him.

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