Robber strikes downtown Pizza Hut

Casey Grove

Anchorage police are on the search for a man who reportedly robbed a downtown pizza shop Thursday morning.

The robber walked into the Pizza Hut at 118 E. Sixth Ave. just before 9:40 a.m. wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt, a black skull cap and a dark scarf covering his face, police spokeswoman Dani Myren said.

The man, who appeared to be about 25 years old, showed a handgun to a woman working inside the small Pizza Hut restaurant, Myren said. The employee handed him a bag of coins before running to the kitchen area, the police spokeswoman said. The robber followed her to the kitchen, then returned to the front of the restaurant, where he took cash from the register, Myren said. He then left in a vehicle, she said.

Myren said the employees gave a description of a vehicle they saw outside the restaurant, but police officers have so far been unable to confirm it was involved in the robbery. Police did not have a description of the vehicle to release publicly, she said.

No one was injured in the incident, Myren said. Police will not disclose how much money was stolen, she said.

Police ask that anyone with information on the robbery or the robber's identity call them at 786-8900 or, to deliver a tip anonymously, call 561-STOP.

Thursday's robbery comes a day after a man fitting roughly the same description robbed a Subway sandwich shop just south of Dowling Road. Myren said it's unclear if the robberies are related.

"We haven't determined any kind of connection, and there's no evidence that ties the two," Myren said. "But there are similar descriptive qualities in the suspect, so we certainly can't rule out any ties between the two."

Reach Casey Grove at or 257-4589.