Three Sought After Violent Late-Night Store Robbery

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WACO (July 14, 2014) Police were looking for three suspects Monday after a violent late-night robbery at the Harbor Freight Store in Waco during which one employee was assaulted, a second was pistol-whipped and a third was threatened at gunpoint.

A watchful resident saw the robbery happening and notified police at around 9:55 p.m. Saturday, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said Monday.

As officers arrived at the store at 3902 Bosque Blvd., the robbers were leaving in a vehicle that had been parked at the back of the store, Swanton said.

Police gave chase, but the driver was finally able to elude officers on a gravel road off the Old Marlin Highway, Swanton said.

Officers from other agencies later spotted the vehicle and again gave chase, but the driver escaped for a second time, Swanton said.

Swanton said the vehicle was described as a tan or gold four-door sedan.

The car and the three suspects have not been found, Swanton said.

Three men approached one employee as he was taking out the trash after closing the store Saturday night, Swanton said.

The men forced him back into the store at gunpoint and pistol-whipped him, Swanton said.

A female employee inside the store was assaulted and a third employee was forced at gunpoint to open the safe.

The three men escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash and checks, Swanton said.

The men all had thin to medium builds and were wearing black clothing, ski masks and gloves and all three were armed with handguns.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to call Waco police or Crime Stoppers at (254) 754-HELP.