New Details in the Tastee-Freez Robbery

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

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CHURCHVILLE, Va. (WHSV)-- According to the Augusta County Sheriff's office, they're still looking for a man on the run. Workers say he stole money from the Tastee-Freez in Churchville.

Now, security footage has been released from the armed robbery.

The Tastee-Freez is open for business again on Aug. 9. There have been customers coming in and out. Workers say it all started when an armed man actually crouched next to the drive-thru, and then snuck in.

The security footage shows a masked man walking in with a gun on the night of Aug. 8 at 9:40 p.m.

There were only two employees working while the ice cream shop was robbed. They filled a Tastee Freez to-go bag with cash.

The owner, Rich Anderson, says the man took $1,400.

"Tend to get a little lax with our security, with keeping doors locked, nothing ever happens, and it did,' said Anderson, 'I'm not gonna walk around in fear."

Things were back to business as usual on Aug. 9. Yet, those living nearby say after hearing about the armed robbery, this quiet community does not seem so quiet anymore.

"Everybody kind of knows each other and leaves their door unlocked, and stuff like that, you know, kind of trustworthy really," said Billy Puffenbarger, who is a concerned neighbor from Buffalo Gap.

He admits things might be different now.

"Probably people locked their doors up tight last night," said Puffenbarger.

"Could happen again, and somebody could actually be hurt in it," said Robert Ingram, a concerned neighbor.

Anderson is thankful his two employees aren't hurt. He's hopeful someone knows who this man is and can help find him.

The restaurant is now heightening their security.

"Put this behind us, we'll be watching each other's back for a while,' said Anderson,
'I don't want him to be able to do this again, here or anywhere else."

If you have any information that may help in this case, you can call the Augusta County Sheriff's office: (540) 245-5333.

The suspect is described as a white man, about 5-feet-9 inches, and 200 pounds.He was wearing a black mask at the time of the robbery. Deputies say he fled toward route 42 after taking the money.

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