An English-speaking robber pointed a pistol-like object at two staff at a Starbucks coffee shop in Central and escaped with HK$41,000 yesterday. The man entered the Cochrane Street shop at 7am. It was not open for business, but the main door was unlocked. 'The man declared a robbery and brandished what appeared to be a pistol, pointing it at two employees and then tying them up with plastic cords,' a police investigator said. 'He ordered one of the staff to unlock the safe in the staffroom. He took HK$41,000 and escaped.' After the robber left, the two employees - a woman, 25, and a man, 19 - freed themselves and called police. Armed officers and a tracking dog joined the search, but no one was arrested. Fingerprints were taken. The robber, believed to be a Filipino, was wearing black clothes, a black cap, mask and sunglasses. He was about 1.67 metres tall and aged about 30. The staff told police they thought the robber had been in the shop on December 3. Officers were last night viewing footage from a surveillance camera. The holdup followed the arrest of a man suspected of carrying out six robberies in a week last month.