M aple Valley Police believe a bike-riding robber has held up three Maple Valley businesses at gunpoint in recent weeks.
On Monday afternoon, a man with a bandanna covering his face entered the pro shop at the Elk Run Golf Course, pulled out a gun and demanded money, then rode off on a bicycle. Police say the man was described as white, 6 feet tall and about 185 pounds.
Two robberies in late March also involved a white man with a similar build — with a bandanna covering his face — who may have ridden off on a bicycle.
Those robberies occurred at the Subway in Sawyer’s Village off Kent-Kangley Road and at 4 Corners Teriyaki in the Goodwill shopping center off state Route 169. All three robberies occurred in mid-afternoon on a weekday.
“This many robberies is very rare for the Maple Valley community; these three are the only ones we have had in 2012,” says Taryn Weatherford, crime prevention specialist for Maple Valley Police.
Business owners should call 911 if they see “suspicious persons hanging around” a business, says Weatherford.
“In two of the three recent robberies, the suspect has gained entry through an unlocked side or rear door,” she says. Business owners should “be vigilant about locking your business doors if they are not in constant view of your employees or they do not need to be accessed by customers.”
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