Empty register thwarts would-be robber at Pizza Hut in West Oak Lane [video]

 Surveillance footage of a gunman who fled a West Oak Lane Pizza Hut after seeing the cash register was empty. (Courtesy of Philadelphia Police)

Surveillance footage of a gunman who fled a West Oak Lane Pizza Hut after seeing the cash register was empty. (Courtesy of Philadelphia Police)

Philadelphia Police are asking the public for help to identify a gunman who tried to rob a Pizza Hut location in West Oak Lane late Saturday night.

Just after 11:30 p.m., the gunman entered the store located on 66th Avenue near Broad St. and “waited in line as if to be placing an order.”

He then threw a bag on the counter, pointed a handgun at an employee and demanded money, according to police. However, the cash register was empty, so the suspect ran off in an unknown direction.

He is described as a thin, 5-foot 8-inch tall man in his late teens or early twenties with a goatee; he was wearing a blue jacket, gray hooded sweatshirt and black/white sneakers at the time, according to police.

Police ask anyone with information about the case, or suspect, to call Northwest Detective Division at (215) 686-3353/54 or the tipsline at (215) 686-TIPS, text a tip to PPD TIP (773847) or send it in via the department’s website.

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