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Monday, April 15, 2024

A man wearing a stocking cap and blue latex gloves robbed a Checkers at gunpoint early Monday morning.

According to Gainesville Police, a black male entered the restaurant, located at 912 W University Ave., from the rear entrance at about 3:30 a.m. brandishing a firearm.

Police described him as between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-10, 30 to 40-years-old and weighing between 180 and 200 pounds.

According to a Checkers employee, the suspect stole the night's deposit — about $800 to $1,000 — and fled east. The employee, who declined to provide a name due to company policy, said three employees were working the night of the robbery.

The employee said the combination to the safe was changed, among other safety precautions, and that the employees handed over the money without incident.

"I'm sorry," the employee said, "there's nothing in this store that's worth your life."

Anyone with information about the robbery can call Crime Stoppers at 352-372-STOP to remain anonymous.

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