COVINGTON — Pizza Hut restaurant on U.S. Highway 278 was robbed Monday night at closing time by two men, according to the Covington Police Department.
“An employee stated that he was surprised by two black males as he exited the back door to dispose of garbage,” CPD Public Information Officer Capt. Ken Malcom said. “This witness stated that one of the suspects cocked an unknown caliber handgun and threatened him, (telling him) not to look at either of the suspects.”
Malcom said the suspect then removed the victim’s belt and tied his hands behind his back. He was then escorted back into the restaurant and ordered to get on the floor.
“Once inside the store, the suspects ordered several other employees to the floor, tied each up and took cash and cellphones from each employee,” Malcom said.
He said the suspects attempted to make entry into the restaurant’s safe and also attempted to steal one of the victim’s vehicle, but was unsuccessful with each attempt.
The two suspects fled on foot. Witnesses were able to give a description of only one suspect who is described as a black man, 6 feet, 5 inches tall, weighing approximately 260 to 300 pounds, and wearing a black ski mask, blue sweatshirt and grey pants.
The CPD is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of individuals involved in this crime. Information may be left anonymously on the CPD website www.covingtonpolice.com by clicking on the anonymous tip icon on the left. The tip line can also be called at 770-385-6431 or “tipsubmit” can be downloaded on an iphone or droid and an anonymous text can be submitted.
In other crime news, a woman reported to the CPD that she encountered two black females who approached her and tried to sell her some Christian books. In the course of their conversation, they also asked her to take them to Walmart.
She agreed to make the trip and one of the females got into the backseat of her vehicle where she kept her purse. When they got out, the victim discovered $300 in cash had been stolen from her purse. There are no suspects in this case which is still under investigation.