Deputies continue to look into pizza parlor robbery |

Deputies continue to look into pizza parlor robbery

by Maggie O'Neill, Staff Writer

Douglas County’s sheriff’s investigators are working to determine who robbed a Gardnerville pizza place Tuesday.

About 6 p.m. a male in his late teens or early-20s entered Nik-N-Willies Pizza and Mor on Tillman Lane.

Three employees of the store — two who were working and one who had stopped by to visit — were in the parlor.

According to the owner of Nik-n-Willies, Roland Martinez, the suspect entered the store and placed the handgun at one of the teen-agers’ head. The 16-year-old, sitting near the cash register, thought the man was joking, Martinez said.

The suspect, wearing dark-colored pants, a blue-hooded sweatshirt and a black bandanna on his face, stepped aside and shot near the teen’s head, down and toward the back of the shop where pizza boxes are stacked, leaving a bullet hole in the wall.

The two working employees dropped to the floor, and the suspect escaped on foot with money from the register.

The teen-agers called 911 and then reached Martinez at home.

“They were in a panic,” he said. “We’ve never had a problem here, not ever. Ever. Ever.”

No one was injured in the incident.

“I want this guy caught fast,” said Martinez, who has owned the store for three years. “I just hope someone who knows who did it, turns (him) in.”

Martinez purchased the shop from his brother, who had owned it for 12 years.

Randy Willis, owner of Appearances Family Salon, next door said he and Martinez had been scraping decorative paint off the window at the parlor so people could see inside better. Brighter lights were also installed over the front entry area.

“I’m usually there (next door with more lights on),” Willis said. “If I’d been there, it wouldn’t have happened.”

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $1,500 reward to anyone providing information leading to an arrest or conviction of the person responsible for the armed robbery.

Call investigations at 782-9905 or secret witness at 782-7463.

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