Man Shoots Out Cab Window After Robbery

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WILKES-BARRE -- The back window of a cab shot out after the driver was robbed at gunpoint, according to police.

Now the owner of the cab company is taking action. The owner of Burgit's City Taxi is now offering a $1,000 reward after another one of its cab drivers was robbed at gunpoint.

Wilkes-Barre police tell us that this all started around 1:30 a.m. Thursday.

A Burgit's City Taxi picked up a man at Sherman Hills housing complex. When they stopped at Park Avenue and Hill Street, officers say the man robbed the cab driver of about $250.

Police say when the robber got out of the cab, the driver saw that the crook had a gun. As the taxi driver tried to speed away, the robber fired a single shot, hitting the back window and shattering the glass.

Police say the cab driver was able to get away and was not injured.

The robber is still on the run.

Several Burgit's City Taxi drivers have been robbed at gunpoint this year but this is the first case this year that  a driver was shot at.

The owner of Burgit's City Taxi was in the process of putting surveillance cameras in their cabs. He says that plan is on hold. Now he's focused on getting dividers in the taxis.

"Fourteen gauge steel on the bottom, from the seat on down, and the upper part, which is considered glass, is really plastic and its bullet proof," said Robbie Burgit. "It`s ridiculous, you gotta be kidding me. For $200 or $100 or sometimes they get $40, they're going to risk a ten year prison sentence?"

Anyone with information is asked to call Wilkes-Barre police at 570-208-4200.

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