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Quitman restaurant owner robbed at gunpoint

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QUITMAN, GA (WALB) –A restaurant owner was robbed and pistol-whipped as she left her business in Quitman last night.

Two masked men took her purse and $400.

Thursday, the search is on for the robbers who may be responsible for other robberies and burglaries.

See if you recognize these two men. Quitman Police say they attempted to break in Johnson Grocery Sunday. They cut the electrical wires to the store, then got scared and ran away.

"They went behind the store and you could tell they had several other suspects because there's flashlights," said Quitman Police Capt. Calvin Troy.

Commercial and residential burglaries are on the rise. Authorities say crooks are hitting the north part of town, stealing flat screen tvs and xboxes.

Quitman Police say they've had about 40 burglaries in the last few months, and Wednesday night's robbery was the first one this year.

40-year old Guadalupe Martinez walked out of the back door of this Mexican restaurant late last night. Her son tells us what happened.

"She went to close the door and a black male stuck his hand in the door and yanked it open from her and pointed a gun at her head," said Fernando Pena.

The men started yelling at her to give them the money bag. She then started pulling money out of her purse.

"The guy that opened the door and pointed the gun to her head the whole time grabbed the gun and smacked her in the head," said Pena.

Both masked men were armed and told her to lay down on the car and they took off with her purse and $400. Martinez was able to call for help with her cell phone.

"She did not know which direction they ran she did not know what kind of clothing description they had on," said Capt. Troy.

If you saw anything Wednesday night around 11 p.m. behind the Mexican restaurant police need your help.

And if you seen these guys from this survelliance tape involved in the attempted break-ins they also want to hear from you.

Quitman police say they're patrolling the streets, but they recommend citizens and businesses get alarm and camera systems.

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