Man robs tool store at gunpoint, takes money in garbage can

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Police are investigating multiple robberies in Richmond overnight, including one where a man got away with a garbage can full of cash.

That armed robbery happened around 8 p.m. Monday night at the Harbor Freight Tools store in the 6500 block of Hull Street Road.

The business was just about to close up shop but was still open last night when a man came in waving a gun.

Police say the robber got in through a stock room door and ordered the manager to open the safe. He then put cash in a trash can and ran away.

Police used a dog to track the suspect to Elkhardt Road behind the shopping center. That's where they say the suspect likely got into a car and drove off.

Rich Howie works at a paint store in the same strip mall on Hull Street just a few doors down. He says in the few months he's been here, he's felt safe overall, but this robbery does make him a bit nervous.

"In a way yes, but not really, because I have a enough...we are kind of trained to know how to handle it," Howie said. "It's not the nicest area in the world, but like I said, I'm not totally scared, but I wouldn't want to be here late on a Friday night."

Several people who work in the shopping center told us that this is the second time Harbor Freight Tools has been robbed in just the past few months.

Howie thinks the popularity and location of the store could be making it an easier target.

"It's definitely a high traffic store, you can see that from the road," he said.

Howie says the store he works in hasn't had any problems that he knows of. He also thinks the hours they keep help out. They close at 5, but  the tool store at 8 p.m.

"We close a little bit earlier, and on weekends, we are only open Saturday and we close at 12, so we don't have to really worry about that as much," he said.

If you have any information that can help police solve this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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