Thief ties up Morro Bay store clerk during robbery

November 21, 2019


Morro Bay police are searching for a robber who allegedly tied up a clerk at a check cashing store Wednesday evening, locked her in a restroom and made off with about $2,000.

At about 5:41 p.m., the suspect entered the Check Into Cash at 1065 Kennedy Way, brandished a silver or nickel-plated handgun and ordered the female clerk to open the business’s safe, according to the Morro Bay Police Department. After unsuccessful attempts to open the safe, the robber tied up the clerk.

The suspect reportedly left the clerk tied up with duct tape and locked her inside a restroom.

Meanwhile, the robber stole approximately $2,000 from one cash register and fled the scene in an unknown direction. Police say the robber was inside the check cashing store for a total of three or four minutes.

The clerk managed to break free and call 911 after being tied up for several minutes. The robber never threatened to harm the clerk,  police said.

Police describe the suspect as 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, and weighing approximately 190 pounds. He was wearing oversized dark overalls with a white emblem on the left upper arm and a light blue emblem on the back, as well as a dark green balaclava under a hat. He was carrying a yellow and dark gray or black backpack with light colored lettering positioned vertically on the back of the bag.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the incident to call Sergeant Tony Mosqueda at (805) 772-6233 or Commander Amy Watkins at (805) 772-6237.


He screwed himself big once he tied up that clerk… Obviously a promising future was not a big concern of his, but all the enhancements for using a gun, false imprisonment, and the amount of cash are going to put him away for a while, in addition to him probably already being a felon, or on probation/parole….


Time for this business to call Smith’s Alarms and get a better surveillance system.


Oh never mind. What’s the point.




Learn to pronounce


the action of taking property unlawfully from a person or place by force or threat of force.

Reminds me of a Robert Zimmerman (Bob Dylan) lyric: “she could steal, but she could not rob”

It seems this thief could be called a robber.

Should he/she be caught they would likely be charged with “armed robbery.”

Just sayin’

That said, I am happy that no harm cane to the clerk.

Sleepy Motto Bay seems to be getting “woke.”

I wonder if the robber would have left with just $999.99 would it be of any interest. All bad guys have guns. Always will.


3 to 4 minutes to:

1. enter and threaten clerk

2. attempts to open safe

3. tie up clerk

4. move clerk to bathroom

5. locate ket and lock bathroom

6. steal cash from drawer

awfully efficient, just sayin’