WILLIAMSBURG — A pair of gun-wielding robbers busted into the Meatball Shop on Bedford Avenue and forced an employee into a freezer before making off with $2,000 in cash from a safe, police said.
The duo walked into the popular restaurant at 170 Bedford Avenue at 3:01 a.m. Wednesday, with one of them brandishing a gun, and demanded that a 30-year-old employee take them to the basement, police said.
Once downstairs, the suspects told the man to open the restaurant's safe, and he complied, police said.
A video police released of the incident shows one of the robbers pointing a gun at the employee and walking him through an open door.
The pair grabbed $2,000 in cash from the safe while making the employee stay in the freezer before fleeing, police said.
It wasn't immediately clear how the employee got out of the freezer, though he was not injured, police said.
One of the suspects was described as having dreadlocks and was last seen wearing a headscarf, a purple shirt and dark pants, police said. The second had a beard and was last seen wearing a black baseball cap with the word "Brooklyn" on it, a black shirt and black pants.
"Thankfully, the incident did occur after hours and everyone involved is safe," said Cristina Krumsick, spokeswoman for the chain of seven restaurants. "Safety remains a top priority and we are open for business as usual across our seven locations."
The Meatball Shop is "extremely grateful to our loyal guests for their concerns and well wishes," she said.