Attempted robbery of entire cash register lands Oswego man in jail

The man arrested during an attempted robbery at Franco’s pizzeria on West Bridge Street on Oct. 14 remains in jail, Oswego County Correctional Facility Administrator Michael Stafford said.

Steven J. Fike, 39, of 266 W. Fourth St., has been charged in connection with the attempted robbery with third-degree robbery and forcible robbery theft.

Fike appeared in court Tuesday, Oct. 25 to answer to the charges against him, Oswego County Court Secretary Cassie Kinney said. A new court date has been set for Fike on Nov. 22 at 9:30 p.m. Bail has been set at $10,000 cash and $20,000 bond, which Fike has not yet posted, Stafford said.

Thursday, Oct. 14 at about 1:19 a.m., Oswego County Police officers arrested Fike inside Franco’s Pizzeria after customers wrestled him down when he tried to walk off with a cash register, police said.

“I had never seen the guy before,” said former Franco’s cashier, Rachel Schryver. “He just came in and demanded money out of the register.”

Schryver, who was working the register when Fike entered the pizzeria that morning, said she did not feel threatened by the man.

“He was a big guy, but he seemed really drunk,” she said. “So when he told me he wanted all the money out of the register, I said no.”

When Schryver alerted her manager of Fike’s demands, store owner Francisco D’Ippiloto stopped making pizzas to come out and address the man, she said.

In a sworn police deposition, D’Ippiloto said Fike threatened him and Schryver with a gun, demanding the money from the register. D’Ippiloto then reminded Fike of the surveillance camera system which was currently set up and recording, the store owner said.

“He gave the guy a chance to get away,” Schryver said. “But [Fike] said he didn’t care, he just wanted the money.”

When Fike was unable to open the cash register drawer, he picked up the register and began to walk out of the establishment, Fike said to police in a sworn statement. While Fike attempted to make his way out of the pizzeria with the unopened register, customers wrestled him and pinned him to a table top, Fike told police.

Officers from the Oswego County Police Department soon arrived on the scene and apprehended the suspect.

“I got the whole thing on tape,” D’Ippiloto said. “I made DVDs.”