Businesses on Alert After Armed Robbery of Yakima Florist Shop
YAKIMA, Wash-- In a bold move the clerk at Shirley's Florist Shop told robbers no as one of them held a gun to her head. A Yakima Police Officer said that business near the freeway are especially at risk for robbery.
Around 7:30 Wednesday night two men entered the flower shop on 16th Avenue. One grabbed a single rose and the other demanded money from the female clerk at gun point. They fled as she refused, but her quick action after that helped catch the men.
Running behind them she got the license plate number and called police. Other business on the North end of 16th Ave were surprised to hear about the robbery.
"Lock the windows lock the doors, unless you have a customer. I don't know that's probably the kind of precautions we would take. I mean there's really not much you can do to prevent something like that," said Alicia Faulkner, barista at Manhattan Station Espresso.
Officers arrested the robbers going eastbound on I-82. In the truck they found the loaded 9-mm handgun and the stolen rose. Three males were taken into custody and booked for 1st degree robbery.
While this robbery only ended up with the loss of a rose, the officer on scene doesn't recommend saying no to an armed gunman. He said because you don't know what they are willing to do.