Bella Luna Cafe robbery caught on camera

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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A popular Wichita restaurant's College Hill location was robbed by armed men while customers dined inside and all of it was caught on camera.

The restaurant was half full, but none of the customers were aware there was a robbery taking place. The armed men slipped in the back door and were gone in about two minutes, cash in hand.

It happened around 8:20 p.m. Monday. The two armed robbers can be seen on camera planning their attack at the unlocked back door. They cover their faces with what appear to be pillow cases and then enter through the back door.

While the 3 employees, a dishwasher and two cooks are on the ground off camera, one of the robbers stands guard. If you look closely, you can see the gun in his hand.

What you don't see, is the other robber in the back office with manager Hassan Ballout. Ballout says the man pointed a gun at his head and ordered him to open the safe.

"You know a lot of things go through your head you see all of your life the main thing you see your kids, your loved ones." says the father of two.

Inside the safe, just $90.

"He said that's it? I said that's it! nobody keeps money around that's it."

Once they had the cash, the two ran out. No one was hurt in the robbery. In fact, the diners in front, never knew the restaurant was being robbed.

Bella Luna has sat in College Hill for 11 years and just hours after the restaurant was robbed for the first time ever, loyal customers started sending their support.

"College Hill has been a blessing to us, a lot of people in college hill have called to make sure we're going to stay around."

Since the robbery, the manager says they are keeping their doors locked and focusing on safety and security, but he's glad they had security cameras and hopes the video will help police track the robbers down.


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