"We're beefing up security," said C & K's owner, Peter Katz. "We were very lax and somebody knew we were lax."
The robbery was carried out at 12:40 p.m. on Sunday, December 14, at the wholesale pet food distributor located at 70-17 83rd Street in Glendale, according to 104th precinct Detective John Webber.
According to police reports a Hispanic man and a black man entered with guns drawn and ordered the three employees on duty to the ground. After tying them up, the assailants demanded the manager give them money from the safe. The safe was empty.
Katz said the warehouse, which employs 25 people, doesn't keep money on the premises over the weekend. Usually C & K is not even open on Sunday, said Katz, and the doors are locked. This past Sunday, however, a few workers stayed on to finish extra work and the doors were left open. The robbers "just kind of waltzed in," said Katz.
After discovering the safe was empty, Detective Webber said the robbers took the personal effects of the tied-up victims. Items reported stolen included wallets, cell phones and jewelry. Detective Webber did not say how much the stolen goods were worth.
Katz said the robbery has made him think Glendale might not be so safe, after all. Katz said he plans to install a high-security door to the warehouse that will be locked at all times. Visitors will use an intercom system to enter and exit the building.
The investigation is ongoing, said Detective Webber. No arrests have been made.
While Katz said it was possible the robbers knew of the warehouse's loose security beforehand, Detective Webber said the crime appears to have been random.
"It was an opportunistic thing that they chose this place," Webber said of the robbers. "It didn't look like anything more than that."