NEW PORT RICHEY — A masked man armed with a handgun robbed the YMCA at U.S. 19 and Main Street in New Port Richey this morning.
The holdup happened about 5:30 a.m., a few minutes before members usually begin lining up outside, waiting for the gym to open at 6 a.m.
The assailant wore gloves, according to the New Port Richey Police Department. Authorities haven't said how the thief got inside the building, as the case is still under investigation.
The robber got an undisclosed amount of money and ran outside. The YMCA was closed for some time Friday morning, the patrol cars and crime scene tape startling people who came to work out.
Anyone who might have seen something suspicious is asked to call the New Port Richey Police Department at (727) 816-1130.
The staff member was not injured in the robbery and returned to work Friday afternoon, said Scott Goyer, president and CEO of the YMCA of the Suncoast, which includes west Pasco.