Police are looking for two men who robbed a Family Dollar store on Independence Boulevard on Monday morning and then used the store manager's car to make their getaway.
Police said the two armed suspects walked into the Family Dollar at Independence and Idlewild Road around 8:40 a.m. and demanded the money from the register. They then told the store manager to give them her keys.
“I saw the doors were locked, and when I went out, I saw the manager and I asked her what was wrong, and she said, ‘We have been robbed,’ you know," a man who owns a clothing store next to the Family Dollar told Eyewitness News.
Officers found the manager's car several blocks away, but by then the robbers had left. The manager had her car back by late Monday morning but was too shaken to comment publicly.
Store security officers were looking at surveillance video that may help detectives identify the men.
Police who patrol that part of east Charlotte said the robbery is unusual along that stretch of Independence where construction has forced many businesses to close.
"So this, this morning, is completely out of the ordinary. It's not something we have a trend with out there," said Capt. Lisa Goelz.
Goelz said robberies are down almost 30 percent so far this year along the Independence corridor, and business robberies are down by more than 60 percent.
"I think that's a factor of there's just not as many people out and about. There just aren't as many people wandering out to be victimized," she said.