SAYVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A larger-than-life robber waving a gun across his hefty frame burst into a Domino’s pizzeria in a quiet Long Island village with an appetite for more than cash, victims said.
The man, believed to weigh at least 350 pounds, robbed the store in Sayville on Tuesday afternoon and demanded an employee serve him two pizzas before he left, Domino’s district manager Robert Warren told CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan in this exclusive report.
“This is the kind of guy we are dealing with here,” Warren said. “It’s odd for this in Sayville.”
The suspect then fled on Sunrise Highway.
The crime, which was caught on a security camera, has many in Sayville on edge.
Employee and victim Ray Brenkert recounted the panic.
“I’ve got to do what he says and try to get us out of here alive,” Brenkert said of his thinking during the encounter. ” … He told me get on my knees and open the safe.”
But the safe is time released and won’t open at will.
“When I told him that, he was like, ‘Well, you either open the safe or I’m going to shoot you in the head,'” Brenkert said. “And I was like, ‘Uh oh.’
“I tried to reason with him. I was like, ‘It’s not going to open. There’s nothing I can do.’ And then he got really angry and he took my cellphone, told me get on the ground and pulled the phone out of the wall. And I just did what he said because he had a gun to my head.”
Resigned to a fistful of cash from the register, the hefty robber then spotted the two bubbling pies — large with cheese.
It was approaching dinner hour.
“Taking the pizzas at the end is just a crazy twist to a maniacal story to begin with,” Warren said. “He saw the pizzas coming out of the oven and requested my employee to take them out of the oven, slice them up and box them up for him.”
The robber is described as white and 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall. He was wearing a mask.
Cops are crediting the workers for following proper protocol.
Police and Domino’s hope to be able to release the surveillance video this week, and investigators think the suspect’s distinctive looks could help lead to his capture.