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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Local businesses know closing time is when they're most vulnerable to crime. At a Taco Bell on South Tryon in southwest Charlotte, closing time turned into a shoving match.
When a manager opened the door to let his employees out for the night, a masked man barged his way in and grabbed one of the workers.
"He kind of bum rushed the door," said Detective Marty Cuthbertson, "he pushed them, pushed the door, pushed them back inside, then grabbed one of the employees and shoved him to the back of the store."
Once inside, shoving became robbery, as he demanded all the money from the case registers and the safe.
It begs the question, did the thief stake out the place, or did he have inside knowledge?
"He saw an opportunity, then forced his way inside. The employees did see him run off to the back of this business location, towards the wooded area, and no car seen at all."
Even though the robber had a gun and threatened the employees with it, he never fired shots or caused physical harm. However, the mental harm is hard to calculate.
"You got young kids who work here, who still feel threatened by that person, knowing they're still out there. I'd just like to catch him, get this person off the street and maybe he won't do that again."
Sadly, Detective Cuthbertson says he's seeing too much of this kind of robbery lately. If you can help police, call Crimestoppers at (704) 334-1600 and you could earn a reward.
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