Fairbanks theater robbed again

Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- For the second-time this year, the Regal Cinemas theater in Fairbanks has been robbed at gunpoint.

A man confronted the manager with a gun early Tuesday morning and ordered him to open the safe before tying him up, gagging and blindfolding him, police said. The suspect got away with a substantial amount of cash and a few movie passes.

The manager was at the movie theater doing some repair work when he was accosted, police detective Aaron Ring told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

''Out of the corner of his eye, he was able to see the barrel of the pistol to the side of his face,'' Ring said. ''He was told if he looked at the person he'd shoot him.''

The manager was unable to give police a good description of the suspect or which way he fled.

Ring said the robber apparently had inside information on the theater because he knew to take the surveillance camera videotape from a VCR located in a locked case.

The manager remained tied up on the floor for about 30 minutes until another manager came in looking for him. The incident aggravated a pre-existing leg injury, otherwise the victim was uninjured during the robbery, Ring said.

The cinema employee didn't have any other descriptions other than the suspect might have worn gloves and had a black gun. The only other people at the movie theater at the time were about six janitors who were given permission to watch a movie after they finished their cleaning duties that morning, Ring said.

None of them knew what was happening at the time. It's still not known how the robber got into the cinemas, Ring said.

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