COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Some robbers are targeting internet cafes across the region for cash, but most owners don't keep large amounts of money in the establishments.
"The money is not coming from us. We do not have it," explained Judy Hedwin with Internet Café and Sweepstakes. "The winners will be notified from the corporation, and a check will be mailed to their address."
According to officials, the Internet Café and Sweepstakes in Tabor City was robbed early Monday morning. Hedwin, the manager of the Internet Café and Sweepstakes, walked investigators through the robbery.
"They had guns, put my cashier to the floor. I think his girlfriend was here they grabbed her and put a gun to her head," Hedwin recalled.
Investigators said the robbers left the establishment in a car that was waiting for them at the back of the building.
Hedwin said she and her employees usually keep the front doors of the café locked, but a new employee had stepped away for a moment and a customer let herself out.
"That's when the men came in," explained Hedwin.
In Brunswick County, deputies are searching for two men who robbed a cafe in the Calabash area Tuesday morning. Two men went into the Calabash Internet Cafe after 5am and forced employees to turn over money.
The first suspect was between 5'6" and 5'8" weighing approximately 170 lbs, mid 20s, wearing a yellow bandana and nylon navy 2-piece jumpsuit. The second suspect was between 5'8"-5'10" weighing approximately 170 lbs wearing a black sweatshirt and pants. Call the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office at 910-253-2777 if you can help.
Investigators do not believe the two incidents were connected.
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