FREDERICK, Md. (WJLA) - Frederick police are on the hunt for a man who bound an employee and robbed the Moose Lodge on Patrick Street on Christmas Eve.
Around closing time on Tuesday evening, the suspect came to the members’ entrance of Moose Lodge 371 in Frederick and asked to be buzzed in.
“He forced himself -- he wanted to make it known he was here for a reason,” said Mark Harpold, who added that the nighttime bartender was closing up for the evening.
According to police, the suspect was dressed in a mask and camouflage military-style jacket, and was also carrying a gun when he bound the employee with tape. He then jumped over the bar and to the cash register.
"Hard times call for desperate means. It is a horrible thing that somebody would do something like that on Christmas Eve," said Gloria McGahy.
Lodge members were shocked.
"This place is pretty secure. You can't get in without a pass thing, a fob," said Ron Moyer.
The employee was not seriously hurt and the robber left quietly – but there are cameras in the lodge that managed to capture the entire incident.
Lt. Clark Pennington of the Frederick Police Department says the employee was struck with a blunt object believed to be a gun before he was bound. The employee was treated at the scene.
The suspect is described as a 6-foot-tall man with a medium build. He was last seen wearing jeans, a gray sweatshirt and black shoes. He was carrying a green back pack and wearing a black face covering.
Anyone with information should call police at (301) 600-1269.