Cliff Bell's, the classic Detroit jazz club and bar downtown, was robbed on Sunday around 4:00 a.m. by three armed men, who stole cash and even a car at gunpoint. The men were reportedly masked, gaining entrance to the building when they assaulted an employee taking out the trash.
The Detroit Free Press reveals the details:
According to police, an employee at the club told investigators he was taking garbage out between 4 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. Sunday when three men came from behind a dumpster, forced him back into the building at gunpoint and ordered everyone, including patrons inside of the closed bar, to the floor.
As for what was taken, the thieves reportedly did not stop with cash:
The men took $3,000 from the cash register, as well as property from those inside, including a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica and money, according to police. Two men, including the doorman, were assaulted during the robbery, police said.
The Free Press did not report on whether or not any injuries were suffered, but Deadline Detroit reported that according to Ashleigh Laabs, Cliff Bell's director of marketing, "The employee who was assaulted suffered an eye injury but it was not serious."
Deadline also reported that while the restaurant was closed as usual Monday, they are reopening today (Tuesday, December 17th) at 4:00 p.m.
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