"If I'm working, he's not getting my money. I've worked too hard to earn it. One of us is going home in not very good shape," says Chris Hill.
He's not the type of man to become a victim, but that's exactly what one of the clerks at his store became last night, as Chilly's Quick Stop became the fourth business hit in a string of armed robberies in Danville. Store security video shows the robber rushing through the door, demanding money, and making a quick exit. The robbery took only 30 seconds.
Assistant Chief Tony Gray with the Danville Police Department says financial hardship may be playing a role in these robberies.
"I believe the economy has something to do with it at this time of year," he says.
Chris Hill agrees with that idea.
"Things are getting desperate. People are getting desperate. We're in the worst economic downturn in the history of the United States. Things are going to get worse," Hill says. In the meantime he'll be taking extra precautions.
"We'll still keep the same amount of workforce, but we'll be up here more often, the manager and myself. Different hours, different times of the night. The police are going to come by closer to closing time," says Hill.