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Published August 08, 2012, 06:35 PM

Recent car jacking has businesses thinking of employee safety

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - It's a rare crime in the area. A 20 year-old is in jail, accused of a car jacking in Moorhead, early this morning.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - It's a rare crime in the area. A 20 year-old is in jail, accused of a car jacking in Moorhead, early this morning.

Emmanuel Galauk faces a string of charges, including Aggravated Robbery, 2nd Degree Assault and Felony Theft.

Police say Galuak pointed a gun at two Safari Theater employees at 4 a.m., then stole their car. Galuak eventually rolled the car in Fargo and needed to be extracted from the Pontiac G5.

Police say they found an air gun at the crash site.

Deric Swenson, Moorhead Police: “We make sure we tell our citizens that they do whatever they need to do in regards to handing over keys. Don't try and look at the gun and determine if it's real or not. At this point, we want them to always think it's a real gun.”

There are several businesses in that area that are open late, if not, 24-hours.

WDAY 6 reporter Becky Parker tells us how those businesses plan on keeping their employees safe.

At some Moorhead businesses, employees and customers often leave late at night.

A carjacking like the one outside the Safari theater is not something they expect to come across.

Allen Schmidt, The Garage Bar Owner: “Kinda crazy, cause I know the parking lots and everything, there's a lot of light out there for somebody just to do that.”

Andrew Cihla, SNAP Personal Trainer: “I've never heard of anything like that in this area of town, so it's kind of surprising to see that.”

The Garage Bar's parking lot is connected to the Safari's.

Owner Allen Schmidt says employees sometimes leave as late as 3 or 4 in the morning.

To keep them safe, they have security cameras and a policy that at least two people must be working at closing time.

Schmidt: “I just feel that there's more security in at least a minimum of two people, if not more. So then it also makes the employees feel a little bit more comfortable knowing that there is somebody else here.”

At nearby SNAP Fitness, customers come and go throughout the night for 24-hour service.

Members use keycards to unlock the doors and security cameras keep an eye on things inside.

Cihla: “The only people allowed in here are the members. If you don't have an access card, you're not allowed in here. And it's also 24-hour surveillance.

Though security measures can help, they can't always stop a crime from happening.

The carjack victim was with another employee at the time but they both walked away safely.

Police say the carjacker at the Safari had been seen sleeping outside the theater earlier that night.