WILKES-BARRE – City police on Monday released a picture of a gunman who robbed a clerk at the Movies 14 ticket office on East Northampton Street Sunday night.
Police said a white male, armed with a small silver handgun, walked up to the clerk leaving the ticket office with bank deposits at about 10:30 p.m. The man demanded the money bag, fled out the front doors and was last seen running south on South Washington Street.
The clerk was not injured in the armed robbery. Police did not release his name or say how much money was taken.
WILK Radio talk show host Sue Henry said the clerk is her 20-year-old son, who has worked at the theater complex for four years.
"I love Wilkes-Barre as a city, I went to school in Wilkes-Barre, but I don't like what is happening in Wilkes-Barre," said Henry, who talked about the armed robbery during her show on Monday. "I don't think I'm the only resident in this community that believes that."
Police described the gunman as being 5 feet, 8 inches tall to 5 feet, 10 inches tall, thin to medium build, early to mid 30s, light facial hair, and wearing a gray t-shirt with ARMY across the chest, plaid shorts and a black baseball hat.
A security camera recorded the man entering the movie theater lobby from the parking garage before the robbery.
It was not immediately known if the city's Hawkeye surveillance cameras recorded the man running out of the lobby and on South Washington Street.
"It's scary, I hope police catch him," Henry said. "No parent wants to see their children face a gun."
People leaving the theater complex Sunday night said they were unaware of the robbery.
A message left for the manager at the theater was not returned on Monday.
A city police officer frequently patrols the area on weekends, but it was not known if an officer was assigned to the theater Sunday night.
The area near the movie theater has a history of vehicle break-ins.
Two women reported on Aug. 9 their purses were stolen from a vehicle parked across the street in a lot managed by the Wilkes-Barre Parking Authority while they were at the theater. The purses were recovered from a Dumpster nearby without cash and bank cards, police said.
Earlier this year, the windows of at least 12 vehicles were smashed in the same parking lot, as well as two large windows at a vacant office building adjacent to the lot, according to police reports.