$300 taken in robbery at theater | TheUnion.com

$300 taken in robbery at theater

Police were on the lookout for a man who robbed the Magic Theatre in Nevada City Sunday night, Nevada City police Sgt. Lorin Gage said Monday.

A red-haired man in his 40s with a mustache walked into the small business on Argall Way at about 8:15 p.m. and took a handful of cash from the unattended cash register, Gage said.

“The female employee had walked away from the counter and was watching part of a movie,” Gage said.

The woman heard a commotion from the cash register area and came out to see the man grinning at her with a wad of cash in his hand, Gage said.

The man did not say anything, Gage said.

The woman attempted to prevent the suspect from leaving by holding the front door shut, but he forced his way out, the woman told investigators.

The man got away with $300 in cash, Gage said.

The robber did not hurt the employee, and he did not have a weapon, Gage said.

The woman called 911 and police checked the area around the theater, but were unable to locate any suspects.

“She was a little shaken up, but she’s OK,” said Jason Graham, co-owner of the theater.

The employee looked at a photo lineup of mugshots taken of local people who fit the suspect’s description about an hour after the robbery, Gage said.

She did not recognize any of the men in the photos, he said.

Because the man used force to commit the crime, he said, he is wanted for robbery instead of burglary, Gage said.

“We run things here on a shoestring budget and it’s really a labor of love,” Graham said. “It’s really a bummer when something like this happens.”

The man’s red hair was curly, he had a medium build and was about 5 feet 10 inches tall, Gage said. The woman said the suspect appeared to be between 40 and 50 years of age.

The suspect was said to be wearing a red, long-sleeved flannel shirt.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Nevada City Police Department at 265-4700.

To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail rmoormeister@theunion.com or call 477-4236.

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