Durham restaurant owner offers reward after weekend robbery

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comMay 21, 2014 

— The owner of a newly opened restaurant just north of downtown Durham is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever held up his business at gunpoint over the weekend.

Greg Hatem, who owns a string of popular restaurants, bars and coffee shops in downtown Raleigh, says he is offering a $2,000 reward to help police find the three people who robbed The Pit restaurant at 321 West Geer St.

Hatem said detectives are trying to determine if the robbery was an inside job or if the restaurant was targeted by someone who did not have ties there.

Witnesses told police that three people, all brandishing handguns, entered the back doors of the restaurant just after 8:45 p.m. Sunday. The robbers forced several of the restaurant staff to lie on the floor.

Two of the restaurant employees were assaulted during the robbery, but their injuries did not require medical attention, said Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.

The bandits fled on foot after taking an undisclosed amount of money, police said. Hatem would not disclose how much cash had been taken, but added, “I can tell you the amount wasn’t worth seven years in prison.”

Durham Crime Stoppers also is offering a cash reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. The Crime Stoppers number is 919-683-1200.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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