The armed robbery yesterday afternoon of the the Oak Lawn headquarters Trivie wasn't a random holdup. The app-maker's office is on the third floor of a plain retail-and-office building between Hall Street and Rawlins, hardly an obvious target, and the robbers were methodical.
According to police, three of them, all armed with semi-automatic pistols, burst into the office from a stairwell entrance at about 3:30 p.m. and ordered all nine people inside to get on the ground. When one man kept moving around, they threatened to shoot him.
The three men quickly swept through the office, scooping up a half dozen Mac computers, an iPad, a couple of cameras, then went from person to person, stealing cash, jewelry, and a cell phones. They left, carrying $23,000 worth of loot, through the same stairwell they entered by and hopped into three getaway cars waiting in the rear and side parking lots. A witness jotted down one of the license plates.
If you're curious as to what the experience was like for the employees, you're in luck, since one of them did an impromptu AMA on Reddit.
We were all sitting at a desk with our minds wrapped around the next video game we are developing. By the time any of us knew what was going in we already had guns pointed at us and being yelled at to "get on the fucking ground". If any of us had a gun it wouldn't have been of much use...
They didn't make us turn [the iPhones] off. They did turn them off themselves about twenty minutes after they pulled off in their getaway cars. We were able to lead the police in their general direction via Find My iPhone...
A random person in the parking lot grabbed a tag number. They were able to look it up and they had pulled the car over a matter of days ago. They ID'ed the people in the car at that time and they are known burglars. Fingers crossed they are able to find them shortly
Nor is Trivie the only Oak Lawn-area office to be hit in recent days. On Monday evening, according to a Reddit commenter and a Dallas police report, three armed men robbed Artizen Studios in the Design District. Their m.o. was similar, and they, too, made off with about $23,000 in computers, camera equipment, and other property.
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