Police arrest pizzeria robbery suspect

He had been released from jail last week in a burglary case after serving 30 days.

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WALLA WALLA — A man released from jail earlier this month for breaking into a closed auto dealership was arrested Tuesday evening on suspicion of holding up Domino’s Pizza with a BB gun.

Timothy A. Beasley, 54, was booked into the Walla Walla County Jail on investigation of first-degree robbery, attempting to elude, third-degree theft and driving while intoxicated. Bail was set this morning at $50,000.

According to Walla Walla police Sgt. Matt Wood, officers responded to a call reporting an intoxicated man in a truck at an AutoZone store on Ninth Avenue.

Officers arrived and saw a white Toyota pickup cross a parking lot to Domino’s Pizza.

The driver was later identified as Beasley, who was released from jail last week after serving 30 days for burglary and malicious mischief after stealing items from the former Gilbert Honda in College Place in September.

Wood said Beasley went into the pizza store and emerged a few moments later. He then got into his truck and drove over several parking barriers toward the former liquor store on Ninth Avenue.

“The officers thought they were following an intoxicated driver,” Wood said. “Then (the officers) get the report of the robbery at Domino’s.”

Domino’s Pizza employees reported Beasley had entered the store and displayed a pistol in the waistband of his pants. The employees handed Beasley a small amount of cash, and he left, according to Wood.

Police recovered the money and an air-powered replica of a Beretta 9 mm pistol after halting Beasley.

Police also seized Beasley’s Toyota pickup, the same truck he had been driving when he was arrested in connection with the Gilbert Honda burglary, according to Wood.

Luke Hegdal can be reached at lukehegdal@wwub.com or 526-8326.

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