Police: Group Of Robbers Targeting Fast Food Restaurants
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Fast food restaurants appear to be the targets of a group of masked robbers. Metro Police said they have held up at least five of them since August.
Most of them are Wendy's restaurants. The robbers wear masks and carry pistols.
The most recent happened October 12th at the Wendy's on 28th Avenue North. Police said two men jumped over a Wendy's counter top to rob the employees, while the third stayed in the dining room to rob customers.
Police said it was not the group's first crime.
"We're thinking at least five right now," said Metro Detective Dean Haney.
Haney said the same group of armed bandits has held up fast food restaurants since August.
Most of the robberies have occurred at Wendy's restaurants in the northern and eastern parts of the city.
The crime spree started with a restaurant on Dickerson Pike on August 29. Then on September 19, they hit a Wendy's on Gallatin Pike.
Almost a month later in October, there were three robberies in four days. There was one at the Kentucky Fried Chicken on North Gallatin Pike, another at the Wendy's on 28th Avenue North and then another Wendy's on South Gallatin Pike.
"You look at certain things. The mannerisms, the method of operation and you can see in these videos there are similarities between these different robberies," said Detective Haney.
Police said one of the robbers is wearing the same pants in at least two of the surveillance videos of the crimes. There's a patch on the back of the right leg.
"A lot of robbers will do fast food places because they stay open at different times. That could be one reason. There could be several reasons why," Detective Haney added.
During one of the robberies, a customer drove up at the wrong time and the robber points the gun at him. Detective Haney worries someone is going to get hurt.
"When you think about a robbery all it is, is one trigger pull away from a homicide. And as you can see in the videos they're actually putting their fingers on the trigger," said Detective Haney.
If you can identify any of these men, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME. Information leading to an arrest and prosecution in this case could be worth up to $1,000. You will remain anonymous.