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Home  |  News  |  Clerk describes terrifying armed robbery at video store

Clerk describes terrifying armed robbery at video store
Thursday, May 26, 2011


BARNWELL, SC (WIS) - Police in Barnwell are looking for help identifying two men who robbed a video store at gunpoint back in March.

Officers said the men entered the Hometown Video Store around 9:50 p.m. on May 20 and robbed the clerk at gunpoint.

One suspect was armed with a long gun, possibly a rifle. He was wearing a dark hoodie with a ball cap under the hood, and his face was covered with a dark bandana. He was wearing blue jeans with the cuff rolled up and dark shoes.

The second suspect did not present a weapon. He was also wearing a dark hoodie with at red ball cap under the hood. His face was covered as well. The suspect had a red shirt tale hanging out from under his hoodie, and he had on white gloves.

"We were so vulnerable, so helpless," said Lori Smith.

Ten minutes before closing, Smith and her co-worker come face to face with armed robbers at Hometown Video. Surveillance video shows them alone with nowhere to go. "It just happened so fast," she said. "I didn't have time to think about the danger we were in."

Lori said one of the masked men grabbed her and pulled her toward the cash register, yelling "give me the money." Smith says her co-worker tried to run into the bathroom, but the second suspect knocked her to the ground.

"When we were here at the counter, that's when I thought he's going to shoot her. He's going to shoot me," said Smith.

One of the robbers grabbed the cash drawer. Staring down the end of a barrel, Lori wanted to make sure he knew she was not putting up a fight. She even offered him a bag for the cash.

"He should have taken it, because it would have been a lot easier to run with a bag of money than a whole cash drawer and dropping it across the street," said Smith.

Investigators say the men left a trail of coins as they took off toward Elberta Circle. Lori doesn't care about the cash, she's just glad the robbers didn't pull the trigger.

"People like this need to be off the street," she said. "I'm just glad nobody was hurt."

Officers said the suspects should be considered armed and dangerous.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=14707854

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