An armed suspect burst into an office at the BOA Steakhouse on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood on Dec. 19 and stole a large amount of cash before fleeing.
Sgt. Chris Bowman, with the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, said the robbery occurred at approximately 2 a.m., shortly after the restaurant had closed. Investigators are uncertain about how the suspect entered the restaurant. He was wearing a ski mask and a hooded sweatshirt, and suddenly appeared at the door of a rear office.
“The motive was straight robbery,” Bowman said. “It was not an inside job.”
The detective said the robbery occurred in a portion of the restaurant away from most staff members who were cleaning up for the night. The man pointed a gun at two managers who were in the office, and demanded money. They complied, and the suspect fled with $6,000 to $8,000 in cash, which Bowman said was the restaurant’s receipts for the night.
“He just demanded money at gunpoint, he was given the money and left there in a minute to a minute and a half,” Bowman added. “It was money they were counting. It could have been tips and the money they took in, but no safe was involved.”
The restaurant is located at 9200 Sunset Blvd., on the west end of the Sunset Strip. The suspect was last seen fleeing southbound on foot on Doheny Road, and no vehicle was observed, Bowman added. Because of the disguise, there is no clear description of the suspect.
“They couldn’t tell his ethnicity or age,” Bowman said. “There were no injuries. We haven’t had anything similar.”
The restaurant is owned and operated by the Innovative Dining Group. An unidentified woman who answered a call to the steakhouse declined to comment on the incident.
Anyone with information is urged to contact detectives with the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station at (310)855-8850.
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