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Reward offered in armed robbery at The Pit in Durham

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DURHAM, N.C. -

Durham Police are investigating an armed robbery at The Pit Restaurant on West Geer Street in Durham and the owner of the restaurant is offering a reward in the case.

Police say three men entered the business through the rear doors around 8:48 p.m. Sunday.

At least one of the suspects had a handgun and forced several of the staff to lie on the floor. Two employees were assaulted during the incident.

Owner Greg Hatem said the robbers went into the office of one of the managers and took money there.

"We asked the guests to leave and they left out the front door and all the robbers were in the back," Hatem said. "Most of the activity was in the back and most of the guests didn't realize what was going on."

Hatem called the robbery "very unfortunate."

"There's so many great things happening in Durham right now and in this area," Hatem said. "We were just fortunate that no one was really hurt. Our staff did a great job. The police came in, they did a great job. These things do happen."

Hatem said his staff is obviously shaken by the robbery, but he's thankful everyone was OK.

"We take this very seriously," Hatem said. "Very seriously because we want to make sure that our guests and our staff are well taken care of. We want to protect everyone."

About two minutes after the men entered the kitchen through the backdoor, an outdoor surveillance camera captured them leaving as they got away with money. The suspects, police said, fled the scene on foot.

Hatem is offering a $2,000 reward for the arrests and convictions of the suspects responsible. He said some people already have an idea of who the suspects may be but declined to say who may have identified the them.

"We've already had some folks have some ideas about who they may be, so we're going to let the police do their job and we feel pretty good," Hatem said.

According to the restaurant's website, The Pit is open until 9 p.m. on Sundays and there were about 20 customers in the restaurant at the time of the robbery. The suspects never made it into the dining area, just the kitchen and office areas.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (919) 683-1200.

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