TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Police are looking for a man who robbed the Alamo Drafthouse with a gun on Saturday morning, Tempe Police Department reported.
Police said the suspect was already in the Alamo Drafthouse, located at Baseline Road and Lakeshore Drive, when the first employee arrived for the day.
According to initial reports, the suspect held the employee at gunpoint to empty out the Alamo Drafthouse safe. Then he took off in the employee's car, the police said.
Fortunately, no one was harmed during this robbery.
The Alamo Drafthouse closed this incident. Anyone who has tickets for showings during the times of the closure will be refunded. The Alamo is reopened at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Alamo Drafthouse released a statement regarding the incident:
“At 9am this morning , Tempe Police responded to an armed robbery at our Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Tempe location. Our primary concern is always for the safety of guests and staff, and fortunately, no guests were in the building. Our team members, while shaken, were thankfully unharmed during this incident.
We are grateful for the swift support from the Tempe Police Department, who are continuing to investigate. This investigation caused a delay in our normal operations and cancelling of all morning programming. We have now resumed full operations and our team is assisting guests with refunds or exchanges resulting from our temporary venue closure.”
Please direct all questions or information about this ongoing investigation to the Tempe Police Department. We appreciate all of the concern, support and outreach we have received from the community.”
According to police, the suspect was last seen driving a stolen 1997 model Pontiac Bonneville with Arizona license plate number "CNE-5760."
Tempe police describe the suspect as a Black male and about 50 years old.
He is about 5 feet and 6 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds with salt and pepper hair.
The suspect was last seen wearing a white golfers style hat, gray long sleeved shirt and tan cargo shorts.
Police added the man is considered armed and dangerous and urges the public to not attempt to contact.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Tempe Police Department at 480-350-8311. (Click the phone number to call from this story on your mobile device.)