BRUCE BUMSTEAD/BRANDON SUN
Keystone Beer Company on Brandon Avenue was the scene of a violent robbery early Thursday. Police say a beer vendor worker was assaulted by two suspects, who made off with several cases of beer and cigarettes. No charges have been laid.
It was a violent end to a shift for a 19-year-old beer vendor clerk early Thursday morning.
Around 12:30 a.m., two men went into the Keystone Beer Company on Brandon Avenue and assaulted the clerk, before making off with a few cases of beer and cigarettes.
"My employee is a little shaken," said Rob, vendor supervisor, who did not wish to print his last name. "My main concern was, is he OK."
According to Brandon police, the suspects threw the clerk to the floor and punched him several times before fleeing.
"He says he’s OK. It’s not traumatizing, but it’s something you don’t want to experience," Rob said.
Rob was called to the vendor immediately after the incident. He said a violent robbery like this is a "rare occurrence."
"There have been some snatch-and-runs, but nothing like this," he said.
"Most of the customers we have coming in here are regular customers, and we almost know them all by name."
Rob said the two suspects were intoxicated, which is something vendor clerks have to deal with on a regular basis.
"I’ve had to deal with some drunk people, but for the most part, just reason with them and you’re fine," he said.
The vendor is open until 1 a.m. Monday to Thursday, and 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
There is always a supervisor on hand, Rob said, between the Keystone Beer Company and the Keystone Motor Inn.
"(The supervisor) is over here regularly … There’s only a few occasions when (clerks) are actually by themselves," Rob said.
The suspects are described as aboriginal in appearance, both wearing jeans and dark hoodie. Patrols of the area failed to turn up any suspects.
Investigators will be looking at the vendor’s video surveillance.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 727-8477.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 27, 2012