2006-08-10 / Other News

Armed Thieves Pistol-Whip Burger King Workers But Don't Get The Big Bucks

By Charles Rogers

The manager and an employee of the Burger King Restaurant at 1777 Rockaway Parkway were injured after being pistol-whipped in an attempted armed robbery Monday morning, police said.

Detectives from the 69th Precinct said the robbery took place at about 7:15 a.m. Four employees were getting ready to open the popular restaurant when two masked, armed men came in the side door and announced a holdup, demanding cash from the store's safe.

After numerous attempts, the manager told them he didn't know how to open the safe. The thieves then pistol-whipped him and another employee and took their wallets.

After one of the robbers picked up a crowbar and struck the manager, both bandits fled in an unknown direction, police said.

A witness, who called the Canarsie Courier, said he drove up to the take-out driveway to buy a cup of coffee just as the robbery was taking place. He said he saw the thieves through the window and noted they both were wear-ing "weird, multi-colored" masks.

He said when he realized what was going on, he drove to the nearest phone and called 911. He did not reveal his name.

Detectives said the thieves were described as male blacks in their 20s and both appeared to weigh about 150 lbs. One is about five-feet, seven, while the other is about five-feet, six inches tall. One was wearing a "Tri-nidad" bandana over his face and green shorts. The second man was wearing a blue bandana and a white tee shirt.

Detectives ask that anyone with information please call the precinct at (718) 257-6215 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. Calls will be kept confidential.

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