Pre-Thanksgiving robbery

Published 2:46 am Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sonic in Picayune was robbed at gun point the night before Thanksgiving.

The robbery took place Wednesday at about 9:47 p.m. Three employees were locked in a cooler and an undetermined amount of cash was taken from the store, said Picayune Police Public Information Officer Theresa Milar.

As one employee was taking out the trash, he was approached by two black male suspects with a handgun. Another employee opened the back door to allow the other employee to reenter the fast-food restaurant and the two suspects pushed their way in, taking the employees with them.

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“They used the handgun to push themselves into the store,” Milar said.

All the employees were rounded up in the store by one of the suspects, while the other suspect went to the manager to secure the funds from the register. An undetermined amount of money was taken from the register, Milar said.

That suspect then took the manager into the office to have the manager attempt to open the safe, but the manager convinced the suspect there was no money in the safe. The other suspect put the other three employees into the cooler.

Once the suspects were convinced there was no money in the safe, they fled on foot out of the rear of the restaurant into a wooded area, Milar said.

The manager let the three other employees out of the cooler and called the police.

The employees said that some of their personal items also were taken in the robbery, Milar said. No one was harmed in the robbery.

The suspects were described by the Sonic employees as black males with hoodies over their faces, Milar said. No further description was given by the Sonic employees.

If anyone has any information about the crime, they should call 601-799-clue (2583).