PITTSBURG — Two Pittsburg men are in jail today, charged with a robbery which allegedly netted a grand total of $2.
At about 10:52 p.m. Monday night, Anthony R. Reed Jr., 20, of Pittsburg, and Nathaniel T. James, 19, of Pittsburg, allegedly entered the rear of the Jimmy John’s restaurant on South Broadway, wearing face masks while brandishing a baseball bat, and what appeared to be a handgun, and ordered night manager Seth Cheney and two other employees onto the floor.
Cheney said the pair demanded he open the safe and register. Cheney said he told the suspects he could not open either, before the alleged robbers demanded all the money employees had on them. Cheney said two of them had empty wallets and a third had $3.
The suspects then allegedly demanded the employees make them a sandwich and fled the store while the food was being prepared.
One of the responding officers observed two men fitting the suspects' descriptions, riding on bicycles northbound, approximately six blocks north of Jimmy John's, in the area of Ramsey and Broadway streets. One of the men, identified as Reed, stopped when given commands by the officer, and was subsequently arrested.
The second subject jumped off his bicycle and fled the area on foot. Another officer located the fleeing subject, identified as James at 2nd and Pine Streets (adjacent to the Pittsburg Police Department), where he was arrested.
The two suspects were booked into the Crawford County Jail for aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, felony obstruction, aggravated assault, theft and criminal trespass.
An airsoft pistol, baseball bat, face mask, bandana and $2 taken during the robbery were recovered. Major Brent Narges, of the PPD, said the suspects apparently dropped a dollar bill while fleeing the scene. Both are being held on $50,000 bond.
The investigation into this incident is ongoing at this time. Anyone having information related to this incident is urged to contact the Pittsburg Police Department at 620-231-1700, or on the tip line, 620-231-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.
— Patrick Richardson is the managing editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter @PittEditor.