Altus_UPDATE_An arrest warrant has been issued for Elisa Vasquez of Altus. The owner of the Friendship Inn says Vasquez is an employee of the restaurant. Witnesses say Vasquez left work early Thursday morning, and returned with another woman to rob the restaurant. They got away with a large amount of cash.
If you have any information about this crime, or Vasquez's whereabouts, call Altus Crimestoppers at 580-482-TIPS.
Altus police say two people robbed the Friendship Inn restaurant early Thursday morning. Police say just after 5:30 a.m. witnesses watched as two women wearing hoodies entered the establishment and threatened the cashier with what she thought was a gun in the robber's pocket. The crooks got away with a load of cash, but the money didn't belong only to that particular restaurant.
The owner of the Friendship Inn says he owns other restaurants in town, and since it's the only one open 24-hours, the others make their deposits at that location. The robbers made away with those deposits as well - including cash, checks, and credit card receipts. "She walked right around the register, right next to the safe where we keep our change, and automatically just went in and took a bag and some deposit money," says restaurant Manager Sarah Priefert.
Captain Michael Turner from the Altus Police Department says there is a possibility that the employees may have known one of the suspects as well, and they have some strong leads. Witnesses say the clerk wasn't surprised to see the robbers. "She thought it was a joke," says Priefert. "I mean, she knew who she was. She walked in - she just looked at her coming around and she says, 'What are you doing?' And, as she did that, she grabbed the money and left."
Police say they are working to make a quick arrest in the case. "Right now, we do have some leads on the possible suspects," says Turner. "We have investigators who are following up on those leads as we speak."