Police search for suspect in armed robbery at Papa John's

Greenville Papa Johns Robbed

GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - Police say they are searching for an armed man who robbed a Papa John's in Greenville Monday morning.

The armed robbery happened at the Papa John's at 1322 East 10th Street at about 10:20 a.m. Monday, according to the Greenville Police Department. The business was closed at the time.

It all started when the robber knocked on the door and asked for a napkin, said Kristen Hunter, the public information officer for Greenville Police. When an employee let him in, the robber displayed a gun and demanded money, Hunter said.

The robber stole an undisclosed amount of cash and escaped out the back door, said Hunter. No one was hurt.

"These are crimes of opportunity, so it doesn't matter the time of day if it's at night or during the day if these criminals see an opportunity to strike they will," said Hunter.

The suspect is described as a black male wearing a black and red/brown plaid shirt. According to an ECU Alert, the suspect has short hair and a goatee.

Craig Parrish works next door, he says he's going to be more careful as a result of the armed robbery.

"I'm going to start keeping that door locked because I'm the only one on this side of the building," he said.

Anyone with information on the suspect's whereabouts is asked to contact Greenville Police at 252-329-4315. Information can also be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 252-758-7777.

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