4 employees, 1 customer tied up after robbery in Phoenix

4 employees, 1 customer tied up after robbery in Phoenix

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PHOENIX -

Four employees of a Phoenix business and one customer are shaken up after a robbery left them bound and gagged.

The owner of Skyline Wholesale Distributors, located near Thomas Road and 31st Avenue in Phoenix, received a call Wednesday afternoon that his business was locked during working hours.

He's currently in India, so he requested that his friend Anand Shukla check out the building.

Shukla arrived to see two suspects drive off in the company van. Inside the distribution center, he found the victims tied up with duct tape and plastic zip locks. They were freed and are expected to be ok.

"They were crying, they were crying and not able to talk at the time they were crying. One lady was unconscious so I helped them until the ambulance came," said Anand Shukla.

The fleeing suspects triggered a police pursuit. Two suspects were taken into custody a short distance away. The suspects got away with a large amount of goods, but didn't get any money.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump says at least one knife was involved and the suspects were making threats as they were restraining the victims.

"Those individuals are being interviewed, those individuals are doing one on one lineups for us right now, trying to have them identify everything from the vehicle, some of the merchandise that was taken from inside the store and the individuals involved," said Crump.

Police are now searching for another person who may be involved -- someone seen leaving the scene in a black passenger car.

No names have been released. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call police.


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