Armed Robbers Hit West Omaha Panera Bread

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Armed Robbers Hit West Omaha Panera Bread

By Jennifer Griswold. CREATED Dec 19, 2013

Omaha, NE - Omaha police say two men robbed the Panera Bread at 134th and West Maple Thursday night.

While employees of the Panera Bread were closing down and customers had already gone home, two suspects busted through the doors.  At gunpoint, one made the 7 employees go into a bathroom and empty their pockets before locking them in.  The other suspect grabbed the cash from the register, and they both took off.

Lisa Garrett said she ate at the Panera just hours before the armed robbers busted in.

"There are kids that work there.  I have high schoolers so that frightens me that high schoolers are held at gunpoint somewhere where they serve cookies and bagels.  It's frightening," Garrett explained. “It's a desperate season, and I think people are desperate.  It's sad.”

The Omaha Police Department says nobody's invulnerable to crime no matter where you live in the metro.  They ask businesses keep their doors locked when they're closed and pay attention to what's going on.  Authorities also say it's a busy area, so someone should've seen the suspects burst in or out and reported the suspicious activity.

"Just be a good witness we're not asking anyone to intervene, just get good details and good information for the police so we can put these suspects behind bars before somebody does get hurt," said Officer James Shade.

No one was hurt in the Panera Bread armed robbery.  The suspects were dressed in all black wearing ski masks.  Police say they got in a blue vehicle before they took off.

If you saw anything call the Omaha Police Department at 402-444-7867.