A 27-year-old man pleaded not guilty Thursday to first-degree robbery for holding up a Puyallup store for rent money.
Bail was set at $250,000.
Pierce County prosecutors said the masked man walked into a corner grocery store in the 1100 block of South 112th Street Wednesday with either a bag or a beanie over his hand, pretending to have a gun. He threatened to shoot the cashier if she didn’t open the cash register.
After taking money, the man tried to steal the surveillance system on his way out but couldn’t pull it from the wall.
Several witnesses – alerted to the situation by the cashier’s frantic yelling and the man speeding away – followed his vehicle and reported his license plate number to the Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies went to the man’s house and he immediately came outside with a wad of bills and said “I did it,” according to charging papers.
He told deputies he robbed the store for rent money.