Police investigating armed robbery

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 6, 2000

Police are asking for help in solving a Wednesday night armed robbery at the Dairy Queen on John R. Junkin Drive.

According to Natchez Police Chief Willie Huff, several employees were approached by the suspect when they walked out the back of the business around 10:45 p.m.

They had just finished closing and cleaning the business.

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The suspect demanded their deposit money and threatened to shoot them if they called police, Huff added.

The employees said they handed over the money. They said the male suspect then fired one shot in the air and fled west on foot.

&uot;(The employees) did exactly right,&uot; Huff said. &uot;They gave him the money, and he got out of there.&uot;

The employees then drove across the street to call police.

This is the second time Dairy Queen has been robbed in recent years.

Larry Gardner, owner of the business, said he is going to take more steps to improve security.

&uot;The people is what we’re more concerned with,&uot;&160;Gardner said. &uot;You can replace the money. You can’t replace the people.&uot;

The amount of money taken was not disclosed by police.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 442-5000.