A gunman pistol-whipped an employee Monday morning after breaking into a TGI Fridays restaurant form which he stole about thousands of dollars in cash, according to investigators.
Three employees were in the Woodland Hills restaurant at the time of the break-in, which occurred about an hour after the business closed. Police received a call around 3 a.m. about a robber armed with a silver handgun.
The intruder disabled phone lines and took the employees' cell phones, said LAPD Lt. Scott Harrelson.
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Police arrived and checked every part of the restaurant for the robber. As a precaution, police handcuffed all employees before escorting them out of the restaurant in case the robber was hiding among the employees.
Employees were still at the restaurant at 3 a.m. because TGI Fridays restaurants are open until 2 a.m. on Sundays.
No arrests were reported.
Annette Arreola contributed to this report.