CC’s Coffee has shortened its hours of operation at its Jefferson Highway location after the cafe was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday.
A man armed with a weapon investigators believe was an AK-47 assault rifle robbed the CC’s Coffee near Bocage around 10 p.m., the time the shop previously closed during the week.
According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, the man entered the coffee shop through a side door, demanded an employee open the safe and then fled with an undisclosed amount of money.
A paper sign posted shortly after on the shop’s front door says the store will close at 9 p.m. The sign prompted some people to wonder whether this was a response to the robbery.
“It was,” Celton Hayden, president of CC’s Coffee House, said Saturday. He noted the company will likely take additional security measures at the Jefferson location and others, though he would not disclose what those measures will be.
Hayden said while the final decision to close an hour earlier was his, he had the support of his administrative team.
Hayden said he was dismayed whenever he got the news and that nothing similar had happened at any CC’s Coffee location before.
“I was absolutely shocked that someone would be that brazen, yes,” he said. “No one ever expects that young people who are doing their best work to serve the community would have others seek to do that to them. That’s just unfortunate.”
There have been no developments in the investigation as of Saturday evening, Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Casey Rayborn Hicks said.
Hayden thanked the community, especially those who experienced the robbery firsthand, for their cooperation and loyalty.
None of the employees who work at the Jefferson location have quit since the incident, Hayden said.
“We’re just focused on the safety and well-being of our team members and guests,” he said.
CC’s Coffee is one of several eateries that have been robbed at gunpoint this year in Baton Rouge, including Subway, Circle K, La Frontera and La Patrona. There’s no indication these robberies are related.
The robber of the CC’s is described as a 25- to 35-year-old black man who is about 6 feet tall and who was wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt and gloves.
The Sheriff’s Office urges anyone with information on the robbery to contact the agency at (225) 389-5000 or CrimeStoppers at (225) 344-STOP.
Editor’s Note: This story was modified at 8:39 p.m. Saturday to correct an error in the first sentence caused in the editing process. The Advocate regrets the error.