A man with a silver handgun robbed a Charlotte sweepstakes parlor in northwest Charlotte Thursday afternoon, scaring a pregnant woman so badly she had to be taken to the hospital.
The robbery happened around 1 p.m. at the Winner’s World sweepstakes parlor, at 3407 Brookshire Boulevard, about a mile from uptown Charlotte on a busy stretch near Interstate 85. The parlor is next door to the Deliverance Church, which had a chain wrapped around the handles of its front door.
The man walked into Winner’s World and stole an undetermined amount of money, said Officer Billy Yandle, who was one of the officers investigating. Police were unclear whether the pregnant was an employee or a customer at the parlor. She was expected to be OK.
“She was transported to the hospital because of her condition,” Yandle said. “She was visibly upset.”
Police had only a vague description of the man who committed the robbery. He ran out the back door. Officers were trying to locate him Thursday afternoon, Yandle said. Crime scene investigators were also called to the scene to dust for fingerprints and collect other potential evidence.
Video cameras inside the parlor and near the interstate may also have captured images of the robber, Yandle said.
As police investigated, at least one employee stood inside the parlor, which had stickers of leprechauns and chests of gold pasted on its front windows.
Most such parlors closed last week after a ban on video sweepstakes machines went into effect. Some had signs up indicating their closures would be temporary as owners across the state tried changing the machines in a way that would circumvent the ban.
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