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Robbers get nothing after holding up Leland diner owner


LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- A Leland restaurant owner was held up at gunpoint last night, but the crooks got away with nothing, police say.

Leland Police say two black men wearing dark-colored clothes and bandanas confronted Bharat Jethawa, owner of Shirley's Diner at 112 Village Road around 9 p.m. Police say one of the men had a pistol and demanded Jethawa hand over his money. When Jethawa explained that he had no money, the suspects ran off.

Police asked the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit for help tracking the suspects, but could not find them.

Later in the night, men with a similar description approached workers at the Pizza Hut on Oleander Drive in Wilmington, but workers were able to get back inside safely and lock the door, and the suspects left.

There's no word yet if the two incidents are connected. They are the latest in a string of robberies the last couple of months that have targeted restaurants in Wilmington and Leland at night.

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It would be nice if that was

It would be nice if that was a good way to deter would-be robbers. Unfortunately, it is not always that easy.

Failure to stop

Failure to stop drill: two in the chest one in the head. Never failed me before.

Another Clint Eastwood wannabe

Seems like there's a whole bunch of posters on this site that always post stuff like this.

If all of you Clint Eastwood wannabes really did what you all say you would do I suspect the rest of us would be reading about it on a regular basis.

We're not.

Too bad they got away with

Too bad they got away with nothing, if i was the store owner i would have at least given them 180 grains of lead between the eyes, because you know them are good boys they didn't do nothin, they're just turning their lives around lol

To bad

It would be a miracle if you could count to 180.

Only 180 grains?

I would have given them a lot more. This what the next victim needs to do to send a message.

This robbery BS is out of control!