Golden Crust Pizza owner: Thank God nobody got hurt

The Golden Crust Pizza dining room was full of customers watching the Sixers game on TV, when it was robbed Friday night from the back door.

Around 10:40 p.m. 20 minutes before closing, three young men entered the back entrance to the popular pizza shop at 7155 Germantown Ave. armed with a gun, owner James Zergani told NewsWorks today.

He says security footage captured a masked burglar holding a gun to the head of an employee. The gunman’s two hooded cohorts stole a few hundred dollars from the back office as well as the bag of owner Zergani’s sister, which contained her ID, keys and some cash.

Zergani says he left the busy restaurant at around 9:30 p.m., forgetting to remind his employees to lock the door behind him, a decision that he deeply regrets:”That night we had the Sixers playing, the dining room was busy, and I forgot to tell my guys. I feel so incredibly bad, but thank God nobody got hurt.”

“I’ve been here 27 years and we’ve never been robbed. It’s a popular place for the neighborhood and we serve a lot of the community – everybody has always been good to us. I wasn’t there but after seeing the picture on our security monitor I’m scared; I sit in the office where this stuff happened and I’m still so scared.”

Zergani is very thankful to the police for their help throughout the process.

As of today there are no leads.

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