Store owner speaks out after aggravated robbery in Weslaco

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A frightening scene as three men walk into a family business in Weslaco – a video shows one of them pulling out a gun on the clerk demanding money out of the register. (Source: KGBT Photo) 

A frightening scene as three men walk into a family business in Weslaco, a video shows one of them pulling out a gun on clerk demanding money out of the register.

This all happened at the Westgate Meat Market, and the store’s owners tell CBS 4, this isn’t the first time something like this has happened to them. 

“I feel depressed, I feel hurt because I work very hard to have what we have, for somebody to come in and just take the money,” Hermelinda Guerra says. 

The open sign at the Weslaco store has come on every day for more than a decade, but on Monday night, they closed down early after one of their clerks was robbed at gunpoint. 

“She was feeling pretty bad last night, we left early. We left at 9. We usually close at 10, we closed at 9. She was feeling very bad,” Guerra says. 

In the video, you can see the clerk step aside as one of the men threatens her, reaching for the register. 

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The Weslaco Police Department says it was the right move to make. 

“Money or property isn’t worth your life,” Officer Eric Hernandez says.

Today, it’s supposed to be business as usual, but the burglary caught on the store’s security camera has left the owner uneasy, reminding her of the last time this happened, just three years ago. 

“I don’t feel safe anymore. For a while, I’m not going to be feeling safe,” Guerra says.

Guerra hopes that anyone with information will come forward. 

“I want people to …if people know these guys, report them so they won’t do it again,” she says. 

As the investigation continues, the police department asks anyone who feels unsafe to call them immediately. 

“If you are ever in an area like that, just be aware of your surroundings. If you see anything suspicious, by all means, call your local police department,” Hernandez says. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Weslaco PD directly or Crime Stoppers at (956) 968-8477.

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