Burlington restaurant owner, 2 customers robbed

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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Most people who walk through the doors at The Old Sharkey's Grill on South Anthony Street in Burlington are loyal, regular customers.

But the man who walked in just before 5 a.m. Tuesday was someone owner Dawn McDaries said she had never seen before.

"My employee and I were in here getting ready for breakfast and lunch," McDaries said. "And a guy walked in. Holding a gun. He said, 'Hand me over all your money or somebody's gonna die.'"

McDaries was inside with a cook and two customers at the time.

She said the man went through the two customers' wallets, found no cash and then proceeded to take $30 in quarters from the register. On the way out, she says he fired a shot, which she now believes was a blank.

"I just stood still," McDaries said. "I was in emotional shock. I couldn't move."

"My nerves are a wreck," cook Charisma Rhodes said. "It's not something you can get over that quick."

Still, though, Sharkey's was open all day Tuesday.

McDaries said Burlington police told her they would meet her at the restaurant at opening time for as long as she needs in order to feel safe.

Police have not identified any suspects or made any arrests.

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