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Waitress accused of robbing owner of restaurant

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CADIZ, KY (WSMV) -

Police say it was a well-planned robbery that left a local restaurant owner badly bruised over the weekend in southern Kentucky, and a waitress is now charged in the crime.

Carolyn Brown was leaving her popular Cadiz restaurant when she was brutally attacked about 11 p.m. Saturday, and the crooks ended up getting away with a bag full of money.

Timbers Steak and Grill is known for its smoked prime rib.

"I think its the best in the county," Brown said.

Brown would tell you she'll give you the shirt off her back if you simply ask.

"We treat everyone like we want to be treated," Brown said.

That's why she's so upset about being robbed.

"I'm just really, really angry that someone would take something we worked really hard for," Brown said.

She had just locked up for the night when one of her employees couldn't get his truck started, so she stopped to talk with him.

About the same time, her daughter, Michelle Turner, noticed something out of the corner of her eye. It was a man hiding behind the vehicle.

"I hollered, 'What are you doing?'" Turner said.

The two crooks, both dressed in black, bolted towards Brown.

"Pretty much body slammed me. One grabbed my purse," Brown said.

The other suspect went after the bag of money Brown had clutched to her arm with the day's proceeds.

"I was determined they weren't going to get my money. If the strap had not broken, they wouldn't gotten my money. I was fighting them," Brown said.

Days later, Brown still has bruises from the attack.

"I'm bruised pretty bad from here to here, where he threw me to the ground," she said.

Authorities say the robbery was well-thought out, from the crooks hiding in the bushes staking out the place to their unconventional getaway route.

"Across the road there, you can see they went up the embankment into the wood line," said Trigg County Sheriff's Sgt. Mark Nicholas.

Tracking dogs lost the suspects' scent on the other side of the embankment next to a storage building.

"Rarely do we have a crime that fits this nature here in Trigg County. We're going to take it seriously until the suspects are apprehended," Nicholas said.

The owners were going to use the money the crooks stole to finish an addition to the popular restaurant. For now, that work is at a standstill, and they are just thankful no one was seriously injured.

"They have to be cowards. It's sad. It's really sad that we live in a society that we don't feel safe anymore," Turner said.

Lilly Wease, 35, is charged with first-degree robbery and was booked Tuesday at the Christian County Jail. Wease worked as a waitress and cook for Timbers.

There is still no word on her alleged accomplice.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest in the case, and Trigg County Sheriff Ray Burnam is throwing in an additional $200 of his own money.

If you have any information that could help investigators, call 270-522-INFO.

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