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Authorities investigating robbery at Loris McDonald's

McDonalds restaurant located on Highway 701 in Loris. McDonalds restaurant located on Highway 701 in Loris.

LORIS, SC (WMBF) - Horry County police are investigating a robbery that happened at a McDonald's in Loris early Monday morning that left three employees locked in the freezer until police arrived.

Carlo Hamade, director of operations for J&L Services which manages the McDonald’s, said two masked men attempted to rob the restaurant when employees were leaving the store after closing.

Hamade added the masked men forced the employees into an area they were not able to get out of. The police report states the suspects ordered the victims back inside the store, then placed them in the freezer. The employees told police they did not want to open the door and stayed inside until help arrived. 

When Loris Police arrived on scene, they found the safe had been opened, the report states.

No injuries were reported. 

Employees that work at nearby businesses said they were quickly alerted to what happened.

“Actually my nephew is the one that told me, but when I came into work I actually seen the tape when I came by and I was like, ‘What's going on?’” said Krissie Norris, with the nearby Vapor Plus. “I just thought they were paving the parking lot or something, but then he called me and told me to look out because they were robbed this morning.”

Loris police said they were the first to respond to the scene, but have since handed the investigation over to Horry County Police.

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