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Aventura Fresh Market Armed Robbers Still On The Loose

AVENTURA (CBS4) - Aventura police are still searching Friday for the armed robbers responsible for a bold heist at an upscale supermarket just minutes before closing time.

Aventura Police spokesperson Chris Gorantis said two armed thugs forced their way into the Fresh Market grocery store at 18295 Biscayne Boulevard just after 9 p.m. Thursday.

"One of them had a shot gun, one of them had some sort of knife in his possession. They were covering their faces with some type of mask," said Goranitis.

Once inside, the masked men began barking orders.

"When they came in the store, they demanded that people throw their cell phones on the ground and advised this was a robbery," explained Goranitis.

It was a frightening experience for both customers and employees, some of whom ran into a freezer to hide.

The crooks brought the manager to the back and demanded money. Investigators say they got away with several thousand dollars from a back office safe.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Aventura Police Department at (305) 466-8966 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.

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