Phoenix police need help catching armed robbers

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Phoenix police are asking for the public's help in finding two suspects wanted for what's being called a "take-over" robbery at a local pizza place.
 
The Papa Johns near 19th Avenue and Northern sees a lot of traffic as pizza orders come in during all times of the day, but it’s the two robbers who came into the store early one morning that has Phoenix police concerned. 
 
“Employees are working at the store when two armed men with masks come in,” says Sgt. Jamie Rothschild with Silent Witness. 
 
Rothschild says the robbery happened around 1:00 a.m., Sunday July 12.  
 
Surveillance cameras captured the moment the masked men walked in and then made their way behind the counter.
 
“They order all of the employees down on the ground,” Rothschild said.  
 
Look carefully at this clip. You can see one of the employees as he or she gets down on the ground. Moments later, the suspects come back into frame. 
 
‘When they get the employees to lay completely down, they take the money from the register,” says Rothschild.
 
In the video, one of the suspects appears to be looking out the window. Phoenix police believe the robbers were concerned about being seen. Little did they know they were being watched the entire time.
 
Police say both men used a handgun and both are considered dangerous. 
 
“Any time you have someone come in who is armed who tries to do a take-over style robbery, we're always very concerned,” Rothschild said. “Not only for the reckless behavior displayed, but the possibility the violence could escalate, so we want to get these guys off the street as soon as possible.” 
 
And police say its tips from the public that will help get these criminals off the streets.
 
Police hope that anyone with information will come forward by calling Silent Witness at 480-Witness. 
 
As always, calls are anonymous.
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