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Armed robber makes off with restaurant’s cash

October 30, 2009
The Mining Journal

HARVEY - A Harvey restaurant was held up at gunpoint on Friday evening with the suspect getting money from a cash register and ordering an employee into a freezer.

Togo's, located near the intersection of U.S. 41 and M-28, was held up shortly before 8 p.m., according to a news release from Chief Greg Zyburt of the Chocolay Township Police Department.

The employee who was held up described the suspect as a Hispanic male in his mid to late 30s, about 5-foot-7 and 230 pounds, and with no accent, according to police. He had a black beard and mustache, shorter black hair, and was wearing a long black vinyl jacket, blue jeans and black stocking hat.

The employee said the suspect pulled out a silver pistol and demanded all the money in the cash register, which was turned over, according to police. The employee was then ordered into an unlocked freezer before the suspect fled, though police didn't know if it was by foot or in a vehicle.

The employee was uninjured and able to exit the freezer within a few minutes of being forced in before calling police.

Another employee was in the restaurant at the time of the robbery, but was cleaning a bathroom and wasn't aware of the incident until after the suspect fled, Zyburt said.

Chocolay police are seeking information from anyone who was in the area at the time. To report anything, call the department at 249-4040.

Assisting at the scene were Michigan State Police troopers, Marquette County Sheriff's deputies and Marquette Police Department officers and a tracking dog.



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