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Man robs Salt Lake grocery store, kidnaps employee

Posted - Jan. 15, 2010 at 3:35 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY -- Police are looking for a man who robbed a Salt Lake grocery store. Officers say that's not all he did.

The robber took cash from a safe inside a Smith's grocery store near 800 South and 900 West around 1:30 a.m. on Friday. He then kidnapped the manager and took him on a bizarre ride.

Police say the manager was walking to the back office with some receipts when a man came up from behind him and put what felt like a gun in his back.

The man demanded the manager open the safe and take out the money. The manager did as he was told.

Police say the robber took the manager to the area of 1700 South and 700 West. The manager was able to free himself and use his cell phone to call police.
Police say the robber took the manager to the area of 1700 South and 700 West. The manager was able to free himself and use his cell phone to call police.

Sgt. Robin Snyder with the Salt Lake City Police Department said the suspect duct taped the victim's hands and covered his face, then "took him to a vehicle outside, drove around for 10-15 minutes and then just dropped him off."

Police say the robber took the manager to the area of 1700 South and 700 West. The manager was able to free himself and use his cell phone to call police.

"To be robbed in the first place and have a gun stuck in your face and be threatened like that is very traumatic. But then to be put in a vehicle and driven around, it's got to be extremely scary for someone to deal with that," said Snyder.

Police say the manager did not get a look at the robber or the car he was forced into. Detectives are talking to people who may have been in the area and also looking into surveillance from nearby businesses.

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Story compiled with contributions from Anne Forester and Marc Giauque.

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