Employees injured, forced to open safe during Newport News Pizza Hut robbery

Posted at 11:52 AM, Aug 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-05 00:04:32-04

Newport News, Va. - Police in Newport News are investigating a robbery that occurred Tuesday morning at the Pizza Hut located at 13659 Warwick Boulevard.

Police say two armed men forced an 18-year-old male employee and a 31-year-old male employee to unlock the safe.

During the robbery, both victims were hit in the head multiple times with the suspects' weapons.

The suspects stole an undisclosed amount of money from the safe as well as property from the two victims.

The Robbery Unit is looking to see if this business robbery is related to recent robberies at pizza and fast food establishments.

Newport News residents tell Newschannel 3 they are tired of hearing about crimes taking place in their neighborhoods and places they go to often.

"It makes me really nervous, especially with having kids and being a female," said Ellen Molina, a Newport News resident.

Newport News Police are hoping that events like Tuesday's National Night Out could help encourage residents to come forward when they see anything suspicious.

"Sometimes people after the fact people say 'Oh, I should have called, I saw this I saw that,'" explained Newport News Police Officer Valerie Young.  "I would rather get 10 phone calls on the same thing instead of no calls at all."

If you have any information that could help police, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.