PITTSFIELD – Richie’s Pizza was back open Wednesday, following an armed robbery the night before.
Customers ordered food as investigators worked outside, still trying to find the suspect.
“Like I said, life goes on. Nobody was hurt, we’ll make it through it,” said Richard Bellows, the owner of Richie’s Pizza.
Bellows said he was home working on his garage when he got a call from his Pittsfield restaurant following the incident.
“So I come running in and by then there was a lot of police around,” he said.
On Wednesday morning, Pittsfield Police were back on scene at Richie’s Pizza less than 24 hours after the armed robbery. They were originally called just before four p.m. Tuesday, and spent the evening searching with K-9’s and helicopters.
On Wednesday they continued to look for the suspect, who they said brandished a pistol and demanded money.
Pittsfield Police Chief Pete Bickmore said they’re following up on leads on who the person seen in security footage might be.
“We’re trying to retrace our steps…we’re coordinating with other law enforcement agencies, working as a team,” said Chief Bickmore.
The suspect is described as about six feet tall and 200 pounds. Police are asking for the public’s help.
“if anybody knows a person who has an orange sweatshirt like that, that has a dark stain in the front…don’t be afraid to call in and give us any information,” said Chief Bickmore.
Police could not confirm if the man was from the area or is still in the area.
Meanwhile, the owner said he’s had the business for 45 years, and while they had an armed robbery six months after opening, this is the first since.
Bellows said the only employee on shift during the robbery is okay, and the suspect did not take off with much cash.
When asked what he would say to the suspect, Bellows responded with, “I don’t want to say what I would say.”
Bellows thanked police for their quick response.
Anyone with information should contact Pittsfield Police or Maine State Police.