For the second time this month, two armed men stormed into a Candler Park pizza restaurant and demanded cash.
Several employees were held at gunpoint in the most recent robbery Friday night at Fellini’s Pizza on McLendon Avenue, according to Atlanta police. Video surveillance footage obtained by Channel 2 Action News showed two men enter through the courtyard door, sending frightened diners running.
The robbery itself was not recorded. The men were then seen running from the restaurant holding a lock box and a cash register, which police said contained about $2,000.
The Friday night incident came just 11 days after another late-night armed robbery at the same northeast Atlanta restaurant. Two men and a white sedan were involved in both incidents, but Atlanta police have not said if the crimes are connected.
“This investigation is still ongoing,” Atlanta police spokesman Officer Anthony Grant said.
A Fellini’s employee told police he thought he recognized one of the men in the Friday night robbery from the first incident Aug. 5. He had similar face and neck tattoos, according to a police report.
In the robbery Aug. 5, employees were ordered to lie on the floor and one worker was hit with a pistol. When the gunmen could not get access to the safe, police said they demanded cash from the register instead.
Sam Burney, a Fellini’s employee, told Channel 2 he was punched in the face during another holdup four years ago. Burney is among several employees calling for an increased police presence, the news station reported. The restaurant is also investing in additional surveillance cameras.