PULLMAN, Wash.-- Two unrelated robberies in the last 24 hours left some neighbors tense on the Palouse.
The first happened late Wednesday night, the second early Thursday morning. Now, detectives are searching for two men they believe to be responsible.
New Garden on South Grand in Pullman has been a popular family spot for decades. It was never targeted by thieves until 10:45 last night. Employees were leaving the building and walking toward the parking lot, which is a short distance away. That’s when they say a man approached them, pointed a gun, and then demanded cash.
The workers forked over $37. It was all they had on hand. The suspect then ran away and fled the scene in a white pickup truck. One of the victims says he never thought something like this would ever happen to him.
At the Daily Grind Coffeehouse just down the road, employees said they are shocked.
“It’s scary to think that we’ve got employees working late, and we’d like to think our employees are safe and doing their jobs. It’s scary to think they’re in danger, just working the rest of their shift.
In an unrelated robbery attempt Thursday morning, an employee leaving a cell tower along Johnson Road was also targeted.
A man carrying a pipe tried unsuccessfully to carjack a pickup truck.
The two suspects remain on the loose. Workers say they will keep an eye out.
“Pullman is a pretty quiet and safe community, and that’s the way we like to keep it. It’s definitely really unsettling," Brittany Schmitt, manger of the Daily Grind said.