Police say men robbed bagel store with toddler in tow
BOCA RATON, Fla. (CBS12) —
Two men are under arrest for an armed robbery at Einstein Bros. Bagels.
Boca Raton police say one of them brought a gun, but what else he brought along is truly shocking.
His 4-year-old son.
Police say he left the little boy waiting in the car with another man while he was cleaning out the safe.
“For me it's really sad because I have kids too,” said Sherly Polo, an employee at Einstein Bros. Bagels on North Federal Highway.
Polo, a mother of two, was taking out the trash at closing time, just as another employee did at about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday night when a man stuck a gun in his face and forced him back inside.
She finds it hard to believe that a man would commit an armed robbery, and bring his young son along.
“I feel it's really sad," Polo said. "They supposed to know better because you should not put that baby life in jeopardy."
Police say while 24-year-old Karl Lormeus of Lantana---the alleged gunman---was robbing the bagel shop, his 4-year-old son was waiting for him in the car with 24-year-old Johnny Fontus, 24 of Boynton Beach--the alleged getaway driver.
They say Lormeus confronted an employee at gunpoint outside and made him go back inside the store, then forced two employees to open the safe.
Police say Lormeus stole about $2,200 in cash, plus both employees' iPhones, according to officials. He also ripped the landline phone off the wall before he left.
A cellphone employee at a store nearby felt the car was suspicious and got the license plate number.
Police later stopped the car on I-95.
“You're working and somebody point a gun at you and the thing about it, you got a 4-year-old in the back of that car,” Polo said.
Police say by bringing his young son along, Lormeus was putting the child in danger, especially if there had been a chase on I-95.
“I think anybody would consider that not a smart idea, not only not to commit a crime but to bring your 4- year-old with you when you do it,” said Mark Economou, spokesman for the Boca Raton Police Department.
As for Polo, she feels crime is out of control.
“It is surprising and this thing got to stop," she said. "I don't know what's gonna have to do with it. But this gun thing has to be stopped."
Both Lormeus and Fontus are charged with armed robbery and grand theft. Lormeus is also being charged with child neglect.
The boy was not hurt and was turned over to DCF, police said. He was returned to his biological mother.