APRIL 10–When David Eli Lingafelter was arrested Wednesday for the robbery of a Subway restaurant in Olympia, Washington, he was carrying a white canvas bag with a large, handwritten dollar sign on it, police report.
The bag–not unlike those seen in the hands of crooks in comics and cartoons–was tied to the front of Lingafelter’s pants when police nabbed the 20-year-old shortly after the sandwich shop heist.
Police allege that Lingafelter entered the Subway wearing a white hat and a red bandana over his face, adding that he“reached into his pocket as if he had a weapon.” After directing a female employee to open the cash register and place her hands on her head, Lingafelter swiped $100 and the worker’s cell phone.
While committing the robbery, Lingafelter warned the Subway employee not to “do anything funny,” police reported.
Lingafelter was later apprehended hiding behind a dumpster at a nearby shopping center. A police search of the suspect turned up a knife, $100 in cash, and a phone matching the description of the one stolen from the Subway worker.
Additionally, investigators noted, Lingafelter “also had a white canvas bag tied to the front of his pants that had a dollar sign printed on it.” As seen above, police photographed Lingafelter with the bag at his waist (and also took a closeup shot of the item).
Lingafelter was booked on robbery and obstruction charges. He is being held in the Thurston County jail in lieu of $10,000 bond. (1 page)