By Hannah Heimbuch
Police are looking for the person responsible for an armed robbery that took place in downtown Homer last week.
According to Homer Police, a white adult male walked into the Grog Shop on Pioneer Avenue and held the cashier at gunpoint. The man, who wore a mask during the confrontation, left with an undisclosed amount of cash. He arrived and left on foot.
The robbery took place at 10:48 p.m. on Thursday night, about one hour before typical closing time.
“There’s not much information that can be released right now,” said Grog Shop owner Mel Strydom. “But thankfully, everyone is OK.”
He and the police are keeping details under wraps as the investigation continues.
For now, Strydom is doing what he can to keep his business running smoothly and his employees up-to-date on safety and security measures.
“I’m just reviewing all our policies that relate to the situation,” Strydom said. “Making sure that they’re all being followed and that the employees are aware of them.”
A prior robbery was resolved earlier this year in May, when John Mumey, 51, plead guilty to a second-degree felony robbery charge. He was convicted of the Dec. 17, 2012 armed robbery of the Grog Shop.
Strydom is planning to keep business going as usual, but looks forward to the assault on his business being resolved.
“I want to move on,” Strydom said, “but I want to do everything I can to help the police solve the case.”
Strydom is offering a reward of $3,000 and Crimestoppers is offering $1,000 for a total of $4,000 for the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.
Homer Police Chief Mark Robl said Monday that police have video from the store and are working on freezing a frame of a half-way decent picture of the suspect.
“And when we are able to do that,” he said, “we will release that picture in hopes that someone might recognize him.”
Robl described the suspect as a white male adult, 6 to 6 foot 2 inches tall, with a relatively stocky build. He was carrying a short barrelled shotgun.
“We believe it to be similar to a ‘snake charmer,’ which is a popular 410 shotgun used by many people to subdue their halibut with,” said Robl.
The suspect was wearing blue jeans, a dark jacket, a knit hat, face mask and gloves.
“His blue jeans had a very worn area on the right knee and on the seat of the pants,” said Robl. “And we believe he was also wearing some type of lace-up leather boots.”
Anyone with information regarding the Dec. 26 robbery of the Grog Shop, or details surrounding it, is asked to call the Homer Police Department at (907) 235-3150.
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