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Party supply store on edge after armed robbery

Posted at 6:51 PM, Jan 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-01 21:51:56-05
Employees at a local party store are shaken by a robbery this week.
Party USA has been helping people get prepared for their New Year's Eve celebrations. However, they could not be prepared for what happened this week.
"This is something that you can never be prepared for to actually go through," said Party USA store manager Kevin Robinson. 
Robinson said just before close on Wednesday two people came in the store---one wearing a Star Wars mask, one in a Ninja Turtles mask. He said they had a gun and pressed it to the back of his head, demanding he get them to the safe.
They took cash from the register and the safe and left.
"I really felt like I couldn't help anybody on my staff," said Robinson. "For the very first time I felt helpless."I couldn't call for help, I couldn't reach out for anyone. It's a very sad situation.
Despite the trauma of the event and the lingering fear, Robinson and his staff had to get right back to work with New Year's Eve, the Super Bowl and Valentine's Day all on the party schedule.
They are hoping images captured on surveillance cameras will help lead police to the thieves. Robinson is considering stronger measures to keep him and his staff safe.
"Up until now I would say people should not have guns, but how do you protect yourself if someone does?"
Robinson says he made peace with the assumptions that the thieves would shoot and kill him, so he is just glad to be alive.
If you know anything about this, please call police.