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Police: Pizza-place robbers likely behind string of robberies involving Mace

Published On: May 14 2014 07:18:28 AM CDT   Updated On: May 14 2014 09:30:14 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. -

Two men apparently got away with money from a west side pizza place late Tuesday night after threatening workers and customers with guns and Mace, Madison police said.

Police said it is likely the same suspects are behind a string of robberies that have involved either Mace or pepper spray, with the latest happening Tuesday night.

The incident happened at Toppers Pizza in the 7800 block of Mineral Point Road around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday.

According to police, the two men entered the business and displayed a handgun and a can of "bear Mace." Police said the robbers demanded cash from the register and the time locked safe inside the restaurant.

Police said once they obtained the cash, they robbed the employees and a customer of their wallets. Then, police said they ordered employees and the customers into a walk-in storage freezer before leaving. The employees eventually left the freezer after they determined the robbers had left, according to police.

"These are very brazen armed robberies and often times these armed robberies take place very quickly. They're in and out." Madison Police Department spokesman Joel DeSpain said. "In these cases, particularly the one last night, they're in there for several minutes and waiting to get what they want so they're not showing a lot of fear."

Police are looking for two men in connection with the robbery. One man is described as white, 5 feet 9 inches tall, last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and green vest; and armed with a silver handgun. The other man is described as black, 6 feet tall, last seen wearing a blue hat and black vest with blue backpack.

Tuesday night's robbery follows two similar robberies at Burrito Drive and another at Player's Sports Bar.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Madison police.

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