An employee told detectives, the man appeared to have a gun and made a terrifying threat.
“He asked, ‘do you know what time it is?'” said Detective Anthony Delimpo. “Where’s the money? Where are the phones? The employee became nervous and I think there was some hesitation so the suspect tells the employee directly ‘I will kill you.”
It happened on May 28th, not long before the store was set to close. The employee reportedly told police a man wearing a black medical mask walked in and spent about 15 minutes browsing the store before he made his move.
The store’s camera captured images of the man as he walked around and the moment he threatened the employee.
Police say the robber got away with thousands of dollars in phones and cash and they’re worried that with at least one successful robbery under his belt, he may try it again.
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“They get away with it and they think, ‘well, ok. I can do the next one and I can do it again’ and they get a little more bold,” said Det. Delimpo. “And it escalates until somebody is eventually going to get hurt. It’s very, very dangerous for this community.”
Employees of the nearby Jersey Mike’s restaurant tell FOX 56 that the victim was also zip tied by the robber. As they took the trash out that night, they heard the Verizon employee banging on the glass and yelling for help.
Lexington Police say the robber also demanded the employee’s car keys during the robbery and left the scene in the employee’s car.