WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (WFLA) – Dylan Davis knows a lot about closing time at Zaxby’s. The 20-year-old Winter Haven native told News Channel 8 he used to work that shift. He is intensely familiar with how dangerous it can be.
He was shocked to hear what happened Tuesday night.
His friends who work there nearly lost their lives when two masked gunmen broken in the back door around 11:30 p.m. and proceeded to hold everyone at gunpoint, threatening to kill them.
Whether the criminals didn’t know or simply didn’t care, the dangerous duo were caught on camera. Footage was rolling on the restaurant’s internal surveillance system.
They are seen putting a gun to the managers neck to get to the safe.
“I honestly just thought it was crazy,” Dylan told News Channel 8. “I wouldn’t expect something like that to happen.”
He, along with others, believe this was definitely an inside job. The two men had way too much information, sources say.
The bad guys knew exactly where to go and what to do to find the safe.
“They knew too much about the place. It seemed like it was in and out situation. They knew where everything was at,” Dylan said.
Dylan now works just feet away from Zaxby’s at Winter Haven landmark, Andy’s Igloo.
Andy’s is historic, a beloved, local spot that’s been on 3rd Street Southwest in Winter Haven for more than 60 years. It is one of many businesses now being warned by Winter Haven police to be cautious, be careful and be on the lookout at closing time.
Investigators are telling all employees in the area who work late hours that when the day is over, don’t delay in closing up shop.
After all, the two gunmen are still on the loose. If they’ve done it once, will they do it again?
“Anything and honestly happen,” Dylan told News Channel 8. “If I can happen there, it can happen here. That’s the scary thing.”
There’s currently a reward of up $3,000 from Heartland Crime Stoppers. Call 1-800-226-TIPS. You can remain anonymous.
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