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99 cent store employees protect manager during robbery

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Joshua and Dylan Wroe Joshua and Dylan Wroe
GILBERT, Ariz. -

Two brothers from Mesa have been booked into jail. Police say the young men assaulted a manager at a 99 cent store in Gilbert while trying to get away with merchandise they didn't pay for.

The manager's three female coworkers jumped right in to help -- not only helping their boss, but also helping police catch the two would-be robbers. One of them had recently applied for a job at the store.

As the two suspects, Joshua and Dylan Wroe, were walking around the store, employees noticed them suspiciously put items in their bags.

"$110 dollars' worth of toys and coloring stuff for little kids. Napkins. Decorations for Christmas and stuff," says employee Melody Lara.

The three employees alerted the store manager who confronted the brothers as they tried to leave the store without paying, according to Gilbert Police.

"They just started really pushing. They wanted to get back. They said that they were taking everything. They didn't care that we couldn't stop them," says employee Anna Santiago.

One of the brothers allegedly pushed the 64-year-old store manager to the ground and hit him. The ladies wouldn't have it.

"He just barely had open heart surgery 4 months ago, and that was just our instinct," says Lara.

"We grabbed the bags, ripped them out of their hands. Stuff goes everywhere but we knocked them down," says Santiago.

"I pushed one of the big ones. I said ‘get out of my store' and he just fell," says Lara.

By the time police arrived, the brothers had taken off. One was found inside the neighboring Goodwill store.

The other brother got away, but one of the employees recognized 22-year-old Joshua Wroe. Turns out he was recently in the store applying for a job.

The workers say they never thought twice about protecting their manager.

"I see one of my coworkers on the floor and that kind of ticked me off," says Lara. "We are all family here. We love each other and we got to protect each other."

The manager is ok. The brothers didn't get away with anything. Gilbert Police booked them on aggravated robbery charges.

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