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Police: Robbers zip tie employees at Virginia Beach store while stealing electronics

The three suspects allegedly demanded the workers open a safe before putting them in zip-ties and robbing the store.
Courtesy: Virginia Beach Police

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) — Three armed robbers zip-tied two employees at a store before they stole thousands of dollars worth of electronics, police say.

It happened Black Friday at a Sprint store in the North Mall Shops off Lynnhaven Parkway around 7 p.m.

The suspects held the employees at gunpoint while demanding they open a safe, according to Virginia Beach Crime Solvers. The workers were then zip-tied and left on the floor. The robbers allegedly stole $44,000 worth of Apple Products before escaping from the back of the business.

Police do not have a vehicle description. Employees at the small strip mall want more security measures outside, like cameras.

"Black Friday was almost a month ago, so the fact that they're still out there and they can kind of go in other smaller areas and do the same thing...that does make me feel unsafe," said Colleen Hefner, who works next door to the Sprint store. "I don't know, we just need to bring more awareness to the smaller strip malls because I feel like people would target those more easily."

Virginia Beach Police said the suspects might also be involved in another armed robbery in Norfolk.

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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