Employees forced into freezer during robbery

By Ben Garbarek  - bio | email
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – A crime alert in Chesterfield, where police are looking for two men who robbed the Buffalo Wild Wings in Midlothian Monday morning, and then forced the employees inside a freezer.

Buffalo Wild Wings in Midlothian was full of police officers and detectives instead of the usual lunch crowd Monday. An armed robber and another man stormed the restaurant demanding cash shortly after 9:00 a.m. The robbers forced the employees inside a freezer, before getting away with the money. All three employees say they stayed in the freezer for almost half an hour, fearing the robbers might come back.

Nick Shilling has worked next door at Vocelli's Pizza for nearly three years. He says he's never heard of another nearby business being robbed before.

"I feel pretty safe around here. I've never had something like this happen around here to me," said Shilling.

Jackie Atkinson has lived in Chesterfield County for forty years. She didn't expect a crime like this would happen in such a quiet and safe area.

"I was really surprised because you always feel safe. I feel safe coming here to get my nails done, shopping at Wal-mart, my favorite store. I still feel safe," she said.

People nearby say they are also surprised by the timing of the robbery, in broad daylight, during the middle of the morning.

"9:30 in the morning, there's lots of people around. Somebody has got to see what's going on. It's kind of a dumb move I think," said Atkinson.

Nearby workers say it's scary to think of someone barging in with a gun, but say there isn't much you can do to defend yourself in a situation like that.

"(Someone) comes in at gun point, the doors are open," Shilling said. "What else can you do?"

Employees say the restaurant didn't lose much money but about $2,000 raised for Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital was stolen during the robbery. Police say they have grainy surveillance video of the robbery and are tracking down several leads. If you have any information you're asked to call Chesterfield County police.

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