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Burger King Worker Uses Drive-Thru Headset To Get Help After Robbery

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SMITHFIELD, N.C. — A worker locked in a fast-food restaurant walk-in cooler used a drive-thru headset to call for help after thieves apparently forced employees inside during a robbery, authorities said.

According to the Smithfield Police Department, at about 11 p.m. Saturday, four men armed with knives entered the Burger King at

1932 East Market St.

in Smithfield, stormed the kitchen and forced four employees into the cooler.

Robbers then made the restaurant manager, who was later placed inside the cooler, open the store's safe, police said.

When a customer came through the drive-thru, the employee, who was still wearing a headset, asked the customer to call for help. After about 15 minutes of being inside the cooler, police were able to free the employees. Two of the employees suffered minor injuries, but all were expected to be OK.

Police did not say how much money the robbers took and said only that the suspects were men wearing hooded sweatshirts and ball caps.

Investigators are still seeking information about the case and ask anyone with information to contact the Smithfield Police Department at

(919) 934-2121


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