Robber forces employees into closet

A man forced two Cashland Financial employees into a water-heater closet during a robbery of the business, Lexington police said.

The employees of the check-cashing service at 361 Southland Drive were closing the business about 7 p.m. Wednesday when they heard something toward the rear of the store, Lexington police Sgt. Ann Gutierrez said.

A man emerged from the back of the business, pointed a handgun at the employees and demanded money, Gutierrez said. He then ordered them to stay in a water-heater closet after they gave him an undisclosed amount.

The employees called police from the closet after they heard the suspect leave. They described him as a black male in his 20s, 6 feet tall with a very thin build. He wore a black knit cap, sunglasses, a dark sweater and blue jeans, Gutierrez said.