CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Armed men storm a fast food restaurant at closing time and police just missed catching them in the act.
It was just past midnight, closing time, at the new McDonald's restaurant in the Quail Corners shopping center. A female worker was mopping the floor. A male worker was sweeping. They were waiting for the last customer of the night to finish his meal and leave.
Because the doors were unlocked, two armed men were able to get in.
They drew their guns, pointing them at the back of the heads of the male worker and the customer.
"They made them go to the back of the store with the robbers and open the cash register and take money from inside," said CMPD Detective Marty Cuthbertson.
What they didn't know was the female worker was in the bathroom while the bad guys were cleaning out the registers.
"She heard all the commotion going on, she looked out and saw all the commotion. When they went toward the back of the store, she ran out and got on the phone and called 911."
Police were immediately dispatched.
But these crooks were in so much of a hurry, they left small cash bills laying on the floor of the drive-up window before they ran out the door.
What was unusual about this robbery was while one of the men wore a hood and mask, the other had his face fully exposed to the surveillance cameras.
"That surprised me more than anything that this guy you can see his face clearly. And I think they live in this neighborhood, because they didn't see a car, they just saw them running toward the neighborhood."
Unfortunately, police just missed getting there in time. They used dogs to try and track their scent in the neighborhood, but without any luck.
The robbers got away with less than 300 dollars.
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