GREAT FALLS — Two masked men sporting socks on their hands walked into the Home Place store in Great Falls, held an employee at gunpoint and stole an undisclosed amount of money Wednesday night, deputies say.
A 21-year-old woman working at the store — an Exxon gas station right off Interstate 77 at Exit 55 — told deputies she was behind the counter on the phone when two men, one wearing a flannel shirt and the other wearing a blue shirt, walked into the store. Both wore masks to cover their faces and socks to cover their hands, according to a Chester County Sheriff’s report.
The employee told deputies that one of the men jumped over a counter, pointed a revolver at her and demanded that she open the register and safe. The woman complied, the report states, and then went to the back of the store, where she lay on the floor facedown.
“The sock acted like a glove,” still enabling the gunman to hold his weapon, said Maj. Jamie Mitchell with the Chester County Sheriff’s Office. He also said deputies were able to watch the man hold the gun at the clerk on the store’s surveillance video.
The employee said the men took her cell phone and the store’s cordless phone, the report states. When she heard car doors open and close, she went into the parking lot but couldn’t see where the men went or what car they were driving.
She flagged down a passing car and used the driver’s phone to call 911. Deputies, with assistance from the York County Sheriff’s Office’s K9 unit, searched the parking lot. The dogs detected a scent near the back of the building and followed it to the front right corner of the building, the report states.
Store video footage confirmed that the robbers turned right when they fled the store.
The clerk described both the robbers as black men. One was tall with a slender build while the other was “shorter and stocky,” Mitchell said.