BEL AIR, Md. - In the video game "Call of Duty - Black Ops," the player becomes a foot soldier with firearms. Robbers got close to that role Saturday night.
The Harford County Sheriff's Office says two men armed with semi-automatic handguns went inside the Game Stop store at the Festival in Bel Air around closing time and took over 100 of the games that are set to be released Tuesday, Xbox game systems, and cash.
"We are getting toward the holiday season and people are hard pressed for cash, I suppose. We live in a bad economy and it pushes people to do things they really shouldn't do," said Kelly McCutcheon, a Game Stop customer.
A spokeswoman for the sheriff's office says customers who showed up at the time of the robbery were pulled inside.
"Originally, the robber told the customers that the store was closed but then they brought them into the store, ushered them into the back store room, where they put them for the remainder of the robbery," said Monica Worrell.
The customers and employees were not injured.
Next door at Coffee Coffee, Betsy and Hillary Depman, mother and daughter, have been in business since 2007. They feel safe in the shopping center, but there's a plan to protect their employees.
"Last year at Christmastime, we brought in a local police officer to talk to all the employees," said Betsy Depman. "Of course, this just happened so we'll have another meeting with everyone," she said.
Investigators think Saturday's robbery may be related to another Game Stop robbery on October 21st in Aberdeen. The suspect and vehicle description are similar.
The sheriff's office says two black men got away in a white minivan. If you have any information, you're asked to call the Harford County Sheriff's Office: 410-836-5430.
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