CHESAPEAKE-Someone robbed a kiosk business inside Greenbrier Mall in Chesapeake.
The man pulled a gun on the Gold Rush worker as the mall was about to open.
He got cash; the worker wasn't hurt and the business was closed Wednesday morning for the investigation, police said.
Detectives are looking for a black man in his late 20s to early 30s who was wearing a grey hoodie, jeans and a black ball cap.
Anyone with information on this robbery can call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
The incident is a reminder that criminals often target businesses and shoppers during the holiday season.
Authorities say you can reduce your risk of being a target by not shopping alone, go during the day or park in a well-lit area during nighttime hours. They also recommend against wearing expensive jewelry and carrying cash.
OTHER SHOPPING SAFETY TIPS:
-Store car keys in a pants or jacket pocket. If your purse is stolen, you will still be able to drive home.
-Pay attention to your surroundings and avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
-When returning to your vehicle, check around it and in the back seat. Have you car keys in your hand to avoid spending unnecessary time unprotected from the security of your vehicle.
-Ask a security guard to walk you to your car.