Four men tried to stick up a Gallo appliance store in Grecia at closing time Friday night.
They were unaware that their activities were being watched from a central video monitoring location.
So when the men tried to leave the store, they were faced with police outside. In a short time, the entire facility was surrounded.
The men decided to hole up in the store and kept the employee captive.
The drama continued until 2:30 a.m. Saturday when four suspects finally surrendered and released their hostage. Negotiators from the Judicial Investigating Organization had been at the scene talking to the men inside the store, the agency said.