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Armed man robs Spyglass Inn in Pismo Beach, police say

A still image taken from a surveillance camera during an armed robbery at the Spyglass Inn in Pismo Beach.
A still image taken from a surveillance camera during an armed robbery at the Spyglass Inn in Pismo Beach.

An armed man robbed a Pismo Beach hotel clerk late Thursday, fleeing into the night with an undisclosed amount of money before authorities could arrive, police said.

The man entered the lobby of the Spyglass Inn about 10:20 p.m., brandished what is believed to be a small-caliber handgun and demanded cash, Pismo Beach police Chief Jake Miller said.

After he grabbed the money, the man fled the scene toward Spyglass Drive, Miller said.

The man is described as a white male between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall and weighing 180 to 200 pounds. The clerk told police the man was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a surgical mask over his face, Miller said.

The clerk also told officers the man had “bright blue eyes,” Miller said.

The man’s black sweatshirt has an emblem on the upper left chest and a large logo on the back, according to a Pismo Beach police news release. The news release also stated that the man is believed to be about 20 to 25 years old.

Police had not located the man Friday despite closing off a perimeter and bringing in a K-9 search team, Miller said.

About 12:30 a.m. Friday, investigators could be seen inside the hotel lobby, where Miller said they were scouring the scene for evidence.

Anyone with information on this case is being asked to contact the Pismo Beach Police Department at 805-773-2208.

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