Two quick-thinking shoppers who saw a robbery in progress dialed the 911 emergency number to help police capture a suspect and recover almost $1,000 stolen from a Burbank record store Friday, police said.
The robbery began at 9:40 p.m. when a man walked into The Wherehouse at 1611 W. Verdugo Ave. and stood in the back with a concealed handgun, Burbank Police Department Sgt. Chris Welker said. The man was followed a minute later by a second suspect, who loudly clicked a shell into the chamber of a sawed-off shotgun to gain the attention of those in the store.
The suspects then ordered the 37 employees and patrons to lie on the floor and emptied two cash registers, police said. The suspects also took the wallet of a customer who had been making a purchase, police said.
The pair didn't realize, police said, that two people witnessed the crime from the parking lot and ran to a nearby public telephone to dial 911.