Routine police patrols will remain in place after an armed robbery at a popular Richmond movie theater less than 18 hours ago. The men with guns entered the Bow Tie Movieland theatre on North Boulevard just as employees were closing up for the night.
Tuesday, it was business as usual at the theatre, even though some customers were on a little edge
"I am scared…I didn't want to come. I wanted to just go to my friend's house," said Leila Gutowski.
Her friend talked her into it after he called the theatre.
"I assumed that they're open and it's a safe place to be," said Dan Corcoran.
They're shocked to learn crime hit the very place they frequent. Richmond Police say just before 3 Tuesday morning the bad guys showed up and robbed employees. Officers quickly got to work.
"It resulted in arrest of an individual in close proximity to the movie theatre," said Lt. Chris Gleason.
They believe there was someone else helping the unidentified suspect.
It all happened as the theatre was closing for the night. No customers were there at the time but now the robbery has police sending out a message to other businesses.
"If you're closing up late at night or very early in the morning, constant communication with the police department is paramount… If you see somebody that is suspicious hanging out in the area, someone going back and forth casing the business, please call the police," Gleason added.
Officers say robbery is a crime of opportunity that they're working to limit as much as possible. Movie-goers are still shaken up because they come here not to hear of crime, but to be entertained.
"I love coming to the movies to escape…I hope they catch the right person and they don't do it again," said Toni Corcoran.
NBC 12 reached out to managers at the theatre for comment but was referred to a corporate office out of state who did not return calls.
Police are offering to meet with businesses to discuss crime trends and how they can limit falling victim.
If you know anything about this crime, you're asked to call crime stoppers at (804) 780-1000.
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