Caught on Camera: Armed robbery at Holland party store

Holland party store robbery

HOLLAND, MICH. - Holland Police are looking for your help in identifying a man who robbed a party store with a gun.It happened last Sunday at the Southside Party Store on Washington Avenue. 

In less than a minute decades of peace of mind was taken from Southside Party Store owner, Joshua Botsis. 

"I was a little shook, certainly don't expect that phone call," he said. "Even though, you know, its always possible. We've never been robbed." 

Up until Sunday, when Botsis' employee Paul, was robbed by a man with a handgun.

In surveillance video from inside the store, the man can be seen urging the employee to hand him money from the register. The gunman took cash, cell phone, as well as a bottle of liquor.

But none of those items mattered to Botsis.

"Nothing that can't be replaced," he said. "The only thing that really mattered was that nobody got hurt." 

Luckily no one was injured. The man leaves the store without hurting anyone and police are immediately called.

"He [his employee] handled it very well. Obviously I don't know how anyone else would handle It. Hopefully I never have to find out."

Authorities have released photos of a person of interest in this incident. HDPS tells WZZM 13, they haven't arrested anyone yet but are still working leads.

Botsis hopes the case can be solved to put everyone involved at ease.

"I'm hoping that if someone is able to recognize the individual that they would be willing to inform the police and tell them who he is and where he is," he said.  "If nothing to give closure to employees, and my customers, and myself." 

Holland Police just announced an thousand dollar reward for any information that leads to an arrest. 

Anyone who has information that may help in this investigation is asked to contact the Holland Department of Public Safety at (616) 355-1100 or email Detective Amaya at a.amaya@cityofholland.com.

People wishing to remain anonymous may contact Silent Observer by calling 1-877-887-4536. 

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