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Pizza Hut manager tied up during robbery in Davie

Undisclosed amount of cash stolen

DAVIE, Fla. – Police are investigating a robbery that was reported Monday morning at a Pizza Hut in Davie.

The robbery was reported between 9 and 10 a.m. in a shopping plaza at 11316 W. State Road 84.

Police said an employee heard a noise at the back of the restaurant and opened the door to find a man holding a gun.

The robber, who was wearing a ski mask to hide his identity, came through the door and tied up the manager with tape before leaving with cash.

"I don't know that they have surveillance here," a Davie police representative said. "We're looking at video throughout the plaza to try to determine the actual time and whether any vehicles were involved."

A woman who works at a dry cleaning business next door to the restaurant said she usually keeps her back door open, but closed it Monday because it was chilly outside.

"I am really unnerved about this as a woman. Also being here by myself knowing that this is what is going on," Sandra Mitto said.

Other shop owners in the plaza said they too have been targeted by thieves.

"Everyone in this plaza has been hit at least once," Alexander Lai, owner of Alex's Bicycle Shop, said.

Lai said his business was burglarized three times in three months, with the first burglary reported last year on Labor Day weekend.

"The meter room is back to back with the bathroom so they broke into the meter room," Lai said.

His  business was targeted again just days before Christmas.

"They stole seven bikes that were closest to the door, which happened to be you eye candies," Lai said.

Lai said he has suffered about $90,000 in losses. Police have not disclosed how much money was taken during the Pizza Hut robbery.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.


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