Animal Nature Robbed at Gun Point Tuesday Afternoon
Pittsburgh police are investigating.
A man robbed Animal Nature at gun point Tuesday afternoon at about 4:25 p.m., taking $250 in cash from the register after threatening an employee.
The pet store, located near the corner of Forbes and Braddock avenues, is co-owned by Nina Wolf. This is the second time in two years that the store has been robbed. Pittsburgh police responded to the scene to investigate. No one was injured.
“Police said the area is just getting crushed—there’s a lot going on,” Wolf said.
One African-American male standing at about 5'10” came into the store with short braids that came down slightly over his forehead. After waiting for all of the customers in the store to leave, he went up to the main counter where an employee was working the register.
The man was holding the gun down to the ground near a rack of cards, which would have hidden him from security cameras. He made the employee empty the register and backed out of the store.
Wolf said he took $250 in cash and asked the employee for her purse, but she didn’t have one.
“We think that he and a friend were here on Friday night,” she said. “Our employee said someone came in and asked if we were hiring. Then, she locked the door and they tried to get back in. We think one of those guys came back in today.”