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An employee of Harbor Freight Tools, 7602 S. La Crosse Ave., told police she was working the cash register when she was approached by a man holding a store sales flyer. She said the man lowered the flyer revealing a small black handgun he had concealed beneath and said “Open the cash drawer and don’t scream.”
According to police, the employee complied with the suspect’s demands and handed over the money from the cash register. After the suspect stuffed the bills into his coat pocket, he ordered the cashier to slowly walk toward the back of the store while he exited the building with an undisclosed amount of currency.
Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect. No injuries were reported.
According to police, the incident was captured by the store’s video surveillance system.
Burbank Police Division Chief Mike Dudlo said, “We are currently investigating all leads. We are viewing area security cameras and video for any evidence pertinent to the investigation. We have been working with the business’s corporate office as well as the witness in getting as much information on this offender as possible.”
The suspect is described as a black male, clean shaven, 30–40 years old, between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-10 inches tall, weighing around 160 pounds. He was wearing glasses and a red winter jacket with wide black horizontal stripes.
According to police, surveillance video shows the suspect walked with a "noticeable limp."
Anyone with information on the robbery or suspect is asked to call the Burbank Police Department at 708-924-7300 or leave an anonymous message on the Police Tip Line at 708-793-3388.
Burbank Town Center shopping center, located on the northwest corner of 76th Street and Cicero Avenue, was the site of an attempted armed robbery last month when a man in a car pointed a gun at a woman and demanded her mobile phone in the Best Buy parking lot.