LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Five minutes of terror. Just one way to describe what two employees were feeling during a recent armed robbery of a Lexington Verizon store.
Someone has talked about this crime and we’re showing the video so that you’ll put yourself in the employee’s shoes and do the right thing by making a call to Crime Stoppers.
“This is one of those that kind of shocks the conscious of the public,” said Crime Stoppers Coordinator Det. Anthony Delimpo. It’s tough to watch the terror, two employees of the Nicholasville Road Verizon store had to go through at the hands of two masked men, the morning of May 19th. “They walk in, as soon as they come in one of them has a handgun out and you can see that in the video,” Delimpo said.
Their first demand is? For one of the employees to give up his phone, just before they’re marched to the back. Out of sight of any help and bound by their hands and feet.
“Just imagine what you’d feel like if you were at your place of work and someone puts a gun to you, then physically restrains you and sets you down,” said Delimpo. “I can’t imagine the terror they felt.”
The time stamp on the video shows 10:33 a.m. It’s daylight and the store is within a stone’s throw of busy Nicholasville Road. Still, the two men didn’t seem concerned as they loaded up thousands of dollars in phones and watches into a backpack they brought with them. They walked out the door about five minutes after they came in.
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“We’re not really airing this story necessarily so that you’d see it and recognize them, you may. But, people will hear about it. These guys aren’t keeping quiet. Even if they’re not from here, they stayed at a hotel, they ate somewhere. If you saw anybody dressed like this or heard on the streets of somebody bragging that did this, we want to know about it,” said Delimpo.
Three Lexington Verizon stores have been held up in a little over a year and a half. Lexington police are stepping up patrols and could be there waiting next time someone tries something.
If you know anything about the crime, Crime Stoppers will pay you up to a $1,000 cash reward. Call the tip line at 859-253-2020 or go online to p3tips.com.