Three men armed with what appeared to be a rifle robbed the Mexican Villa on National near Bennett street.

Restaurant owners say just after 10:00 p.m. on Saturday night three men with their faces covered came in through the back door while employees were cleaning up.

They told employees to get on the floor and that they would shoot anyone who didn't cooperate. Surveillance video taken by cameras inside the restaurant shows the men putting money in bags before leaving.

They got away with an undisclosed amount of cash from the restaurant's safe and cash register.

The restaurant was closed during the robbery so there were no customers present, but employees say the experience was traumatic.

"I started crying," said one employee. "At one point they said they were going to blow our heads off so I'm thinking 'these dudes are pretty crazy to say something like that.' I didn't know at the time how serious it was, but luckily nothing happened," she explained.

Sunday morning restaurant administrators found a fake rifle in a nearby dumpster. They believe that was the tool used during the robbery. Police have that and other evidence from the scene, and are currently investigating the crime.

"This doesn't happened, and we're shocked and saddened that it did but feel very fortunate no one was injured. All of our employees are safe and we hope these guys get picked up quickly," said Mexican Villa CEO Garin Ferguson.

Springfield police are still looking for those responsible. Mexican Villa is offering a $1,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to the arrest of the three men responsible.

Anyone with information on the crime is urged to call the Springfield Police : (417) 864-1810