Surveillance picture of robbers (Courtesy: Franklin Police)
FRANKLIN, TN (WSMV) -
Even though he complied with their demands, a Franklin market owner was beaten so badly by a group of robbers Thursday night he ended up in the hospital.
Police hope surveillance video will lead to the three gunmen responsible for the incident at Tim's Market, located in the 1500 block of Columbia Avenue.
On surveillance video, the group of robbers is seen storming in with guns up, and they head straight for the cash register.
Police say what is really unusual about this crime is that it happened at 7 p.m. in a busy part of Franklin, not even half a mile from police headquarters.
"At that time of day, traffic is still busy, because of rush hour, families going out to dinner. Anybody could have seen these guys," said Franklin Police Officer Eric Johnson.
Before the robbers leave, one is seen stealing some cigarettes, and the camera catches a brief shot of one guy's face and a logo on his hat.
Later, the market owner re-appears, shaken and with his eyes swollen. Although he complied, police say the robbers took him in a back room and beat him in the face repeatedly.
"That's why we're asking for the public's help. If they hear anybody talking about this, have any information at all or may have seen something as they were driving down Columbia Avenue, we want them to call us and let us know," Johnson said.
The owner of the market has been released from the hospital after treatment for a serious eye injury.
If you have any information, call Franklin police.
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