Payday loan workers shaken after armed robbers crash through ceiling

2 gunmen dressed in black cut through roof of NW side business

SAN ANTONIO – Employees of a Northwest Side payday loan business are still shaken from a robbery early Thursday morning that they didn't expect.

San Antonio police said two gunmen entered Speedy Cash at 1701 Babcock Road around 6:30 a.m. through the roof of the building.

"(It was) wood over metal, and they were able to cut through that at some time during the night," said San Antonio police Sgt. Steven Bratina. "As the employees were preparing for the day, counting the money, they crashed down through the ceiling and robbed the business."

The robbers were dressed in black from head to toe and had their faces covered, so no one got a good look at them, Bratina said. 

What the workers did see was more than enough, said Speedy Cash regional director David Martin.

"They were just frightened. If you've ever been in a situation, it's just -- I don't know -- panic. I mean, you just don't know what to do," Martin said.

Speedy Cash is cooperating with police, helping to track down the criminals, Martin said.

"We're very, very pleased that no one was injured," Martin said.

Police said there's a good chance that one of the gunmen might have been hurt.

"One evidently crashed down through the ceiling in an uncontrolled manner and the other came down more expertly. So possibly one was injured," Bratina said.

The two men left the business through the back door, presumably with cash from the business.  Police weren't immediately sure whether they left the scene in a vehicle or on foot.

Bratina said it was the first time he has ever seen robbers enter a business in that fashion. 

He said he did not know how long the men waited for employees to arrive or how they managed to get onto the roof.

Police had to use a fire department ladder to gain access to the roof and search for clues.


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