Police charge man with armed robbery

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2008

ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man was charged with robbing a pull-tab shop on Monday.

Ricky Laupola, 30, was accused of pulling a shotgun out of his trousers at Rippie World on Arctic Boulevard and demanding money from a clerk, Anchorage police said. The suspect used the butt of the shotgun to smash a glass counter and steal a cash box.

K-9 Officer Derek Hsieh and his police dog "R.C." found the armed suspect hiding in nearby woods.

Police said they recovered the stolen property.

Laupola is a felon on probation. He was charged with assault, weapons misconduct, criminal mischief, theft and robbery. His bail was set at $20,000.

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