INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A small pizza shop on Indy’s east side has been robbed three times this month. Now the business owners are sharing surveillance video in hopes of catching the crooks responsible.
“They pushed me back with the pistol and told me to open the cash register,” said Allen Brown.
With guns pointed at him by a pair of armed thieves, Allen Brown cooperated and prayed he’d survive.
Brown was inside for all three crimes and says he simply wanted to live to tell the tale.
“I just hoped they didn’t shoot me and kill me. I got grand babies that love me,” said Brown.
Brown works at New Village Pizza on north Arlington. Police reports show the business has been targeted by armed robbers three times this month, although Brown claims the first two crimes involved different suspects.
“This is the third time. The first two the doors weren’t locked. Two young kids came in with a pistol and AK and walked to the kitchen and had us open the cash register,” said Brown.
After the second robbery, employees increased security and started locking the front door, but just before the latest robbery a third suspect not seen on camera placed an order for carry out.
“Some young kid came in and ordered a pizza and said there was somebody at the door so I opened the door and they stuck a pistol in my chest and told me to open the cash register,” said Brown.
During the brief stickup, the gunmen ripped out the cash register drawer and even stole a tip jar.
“They told us to get on the ground and told us open the safe, but we ain’t never had keys to the safe,” said Brown. “One of them called the other one Brian and said, ‘We gotta go.’”
Brown just hopes the suspects are caught before they strike again.
“It’s a scary situation. We’re just trying to make pizza for the neighborhood,” said Brown. “It’s really scary. Some nights I don’t sleep well right now.”
Fortunately, no one was hurt in any of the three robberies, but anyone with information on the suspects in the video is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.