COEUR D ALENE, Idaho -- Coeur d'Alene Police are searching for an armed robber who held up an espresso stand while wearing a SpongeBob Square Pants mask.

Police said an employee at Lean Bean Espresso on 1207 E. Sherman had gone outside to take out the trash, when the robber followed her back inside. The incident happened at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Police said the robber pointed a small semi-automatic handgun at the two employees inside, demanded cash, and left.

The man, who wore a black, hooded sweatshirt and dark-colored baggy jeans, reportedly thanked the ladies as he was leaving and told them to have a nice day.

Officers are using police dogs to track him.

He was last seen running north on 13th Street.

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