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Gunmen forces Pizza Hut employees into freezer, police say

Edgewood police search for 3 assailants

Pizza Hut robbery.
Pizza Hut robbery.

EDGEWOOD, Fla. – Workers at a Pizza Hut in Orange County were forced into a freezer late Sunday by three masked gunmen who robbed the restaurant, police said.

The robbery happened at the Pizza Hut near Hansel and Hoffner avenues.

According to Edgewood police, three men entered the store just before midnight, jumped a counter and demanded cash. 

Police said the trio wanted money from the store safe but couldn't access it, so they stole money from a cash register and forced a manager and another employee into the freezer.

A delivery driver showed up a short time later and let the workers out of the freezer, police said.

One of the culprits was about 6 feet 3 inches tall, with a slim build.  He was wearing dark gray or black pants, a black hooded sweatshirt and a black ski mask.  He had a silver handgun.

The second assailant was about 6 feet tall, with a muscular to heavy build.  He was wearing all black clothing and a black ski mask.  He had a semi-automatic Glock-style handgun.

The other gunman was about 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a normal build and weighing 180 to 190 pounds.  He was wearing all black clothing and a black ski mask.  He had a black semi-automatic Glock-style handgun.

All three men were 18 to 24 years old.

Detectives said the Orange County Sheriff's Office was called to another robbery about 30 minutes later, but it's not known if they're connected.