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Police searching for armed robbery suspects

By Nick Hiltunen
Published in News on April 7, 2010 1:46 PM

ROSEWOOD -- Three men wearing toboggans and bandannas to conceal their faces robbed a Domino's Pizza franchise on Martin Road on Monday night, Goldsboro police said.

The robbery reportedly started when delivery driver Michael Gardner returned to the business just after 10 p.m., according to a police report.

Gardner said three black men ran up to him and pointed a handgun at his face, demanding all the cash he had collected on his route.

After taking the delivery driver's money, the three suspects reportedly entered the restaurant and told clerk Kendra Pass to open the safe.

The safe had two compartments, one with a smaller amount of cash, and a time-lock safe, which held larger denominations.

Police reported that the alleged robbers took the smaller amount of cash, but were unable to gain entry to the time-lock safe.

Police spokesman Chad Calloway said that police have no leads as of yet.

The sergeant said it was too early to say whether the robbery was connected to a number of recent armed robberies.

"It's a little early for me to be definitive on anything, but I reckon it's possible" he said.

Calloway said that store owners can do things to help police investigate such robberies when they occur.

"The actual stores themselves, it would be great for them to take precautions like having video, and having at least two people up front (working in a store)," the sergeant said.

Calloway said that robbers may think twice about robbing an establishment if there is more than one person working.

"In that situation, at least these people recognize that there's more than one person standing behind the counter," he said.

Anyone with information about the Domino's robbery is asked to call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 735-2255. Callers remain anonymous and can be rewarded up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest.