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Robbers hit Westerville Chipotle


Two armed people entered Chipotle, 641 S. State St., shortly before the restaurant closed Nov. 14, forced employees to the ground and demanded money, according to a report from the Westerville Division of Police.

The robbery occurred just before 10 p.m. as seven employees prepared to close the restaurant, according to police reports.

The two people entered through the restaurant’s front door, with at least one of them “brandishing” a revolver, police said.

Employees behind the cash registers were ordered to the floor and complied. One robber stood watch over them while the other proceeded to the restaurant’s offices, ordering more employees to the floor and a manager to open a safe.

Employees complied with all of the robbers’ demands, Westerville Police Lt. Tracey Myers said, and the robbers exited through a side door.

Police were unsure of how much cash was taken, Myers said.

One of the robbers was a black man, dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants, Myers said.

Witnesses provided conflicting descriptions of the other robber, with some describing the robber as a male and the other as female, Myers said. The robber was dressed in black or dark blue pants with three white stripes down the leg and a black hooded sweatshirt.

Both robbers had bandanas over their faces.

Following the robbery, Westerville police searched the area with the help of a Columbus police helicopter and a Delaware County K9 unit, but the robbers were not located.

Surveillance from a nearby store showed a suspicious vehicle in the area shortly after the robbery, but police did not release a description of that vehicle.

The investigation is ongoing, Myers said.

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