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Man donning ‘Scream’ mask suspected of armed robbery at Tahoe restaurant

Josh Staab
jstaab@sierrasun.com

KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Placer County Sheriff’s Office officials are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a man accused of armed robbery at a North Lake Tahoe restaurant.

The crime was reported just after 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at the Char-Pit restaurant at 8732 North Lake Blvd. in Kings Beach.

No injuries were reported.

According to a Tuesday statement from PCSO, employees told deputies an unidentified man entered the restaurant through an unlocked door at the rear of the building after hours.

The man, who was reportedly wearing a Halloween mask fashioned after the one worn in the horror movie “Scream,” demanded money, deputies report, and was seen by witnesses brandishing a handgun.

“We are looking into investigating leads in the case,” Det. Sgt. David Hunt said by phone Tuesday. “There have been somewhat similar crimes in the past year around the lake.”

The department, however, is not linking any of those past crimes with the reported robbery at this time, Hunt added.

Deputies report the man fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and other property belonging to the restaurant, leading investigators to believe a vehicle may have been involved.

“We did discover property belonging to the restaurant some distance from the scene of the crime,” Hunt said.

Based on witness interviews, Hunt was willing to speculate the suspect involved in the robbery may be experienced.

“The gentleman had confidence,” Hunt said. “He wasted no time taking the money and was out the door quickly.”

As of Tuesday, there were no suspects, according to PCSO.

Officials encourage anyone who may have information to come forward and contact the office’s Investigations Division at 530-581-6320.

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 should contact Placer County Crime Stoppers at 800-923-8191 or at online at tips.placercrimestoppers.com, according to PCSO.