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December 21, 2012

Speedy’s employee robbed at gunpoint

WELLING — Cherokee County sheriff deputies responded to a silent alarm late Wednesday night triggered at Speedy’s 66 near Welling, where an employee of the convenience store reported being robbed at gunpoint.

The Speedy’s 66 employee, identified in the report as Kyle Witzel, told law officials he was approached by an unknown male suspect around 11 p.m. while wearing a hoodie and a mask while holding what appeared to be a silver .38-caliber revolver, according to the report.

Witzel left the store to go to his vehicle to retrieve a phone cord when the suspect walked up on him late Wednesday night. The report indicated the suspect told Witzel, “Don’t do anything f---ing stupid” and led the Speedy’s 66 employee back inside the store, east of Tahlequah at the intersection of Highway 62 and Welling Road.

Witzel told law officials the suspect ordered him to “turn off all the lights,” and then commanded Witzel to empty the store’s cash register and safe into a garbage bag. About $2,100 was reported missing.

The suspect told Witzel to enter into and stay in the freezer for “20 minutes or you’re f---ing dead.”

Witzel told investigators he stayed in the freezer for “about two minutes” before he ventured out of the cold-storage room on his hands and knees and crawled to the register, where he triggered the silent alarm.

Speedy’s 66 owner Glen Elliot told law officials he would contact the alarm company to get a copy of the surveillance video and would provide a copy to the sheriff’s department.

Published reports indicated that investigators received a copy of the footage and identified the male suspect to be wearing a dark gray hooded sweatshirt or jacket, dark-colored pants, black gloves and dark-colored athletic shoes with a gray or silver-colored strip on the lower portion of the back side of the shoes

 The mask was said to cover the suspect’s entire face, leaving only his eyes visible.

Investigators are asking anybody with information on the incident to contact Investigator James Brown, Investigator Justin Hackworth or Undersheriff Jason Chennault at the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, (918) 456-2583.

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