Robber locks Taco Bell employees in freezer

An armed man locked four employees in the walk-in freezer Sunday evening at a Laurel County restaurant, according to Sheriff John Root's office.

Witnesses told police that a man armed with a pistol came into the Taco Bell restaurant on U.S. 25, about 10 miles south of London, when no customers were present and robbed the store.

The man forced the three male employees and one female employee on duty to go into the freezer, where he locked them in before apparently fleeing on foot, according to a news release.

A customer who came into the restaurant called police after noticing that there were no employees and that the cash drawers were open, according to the news release.

Police freed the employees.

The robbery occurred a little before 7:30 p.m.

Witnesses described the robber as a white man, between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall and weighing 200 to 225 pounds. He was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and had a bandanna around his face, police said.

Police asked that anyone with information about the crime call (606) 864-6600. Callers can remain anonymous.