Police Searching For Robber In String Of Robberies
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro Police are trying to solve a string of armed robberies in South Nashville.
One of them happened at a popular Thai restaurant near Nolensville Road on February 24. The Siam Cafe has been there for years, but robbery has never been a concern until now.
The Siam Cafe is a landmark in the Nolensville Road area.
Billy Silpacharn and his family have run the Thai restaurant for more than 30 years.
On a slow Thursday night, Silpacharn got quite a surprise after he thought a customer had walked in.
"And well, this is like in the movies. He's got his hand in the pocket and he started to look in his pocket and he pulled out the gun and says ‘this is a robbery,'" Silpacharn told NewsChannel 5.
He said the robber demanded money from the cash register, but Silpacharn told him it was empty.
"He doesn't believe me. He says ‘this is not a joke. This is a real robbery,' and I said ‘I'm not joking, you can go check you know,'" Silpacharn said.
That's when the phone rang. The robber ordered everyone into the kitchen and he left.
"Well, the only thing that was threatening is when he pulled out that gun, otherwise he seemed calm," Silpacharn added.
Metro Police believe it's a distinct possibility the same man is responsible for at least two other robberies in February.
One happened at the Dollar General Store on Murfreesboro Pike on February 23. The crime was caught on surveillance video.
The other occurred at the Mi Tierra Super Mercado market on Nolensville Pike on February 1.
"In the videos we've seen he's wearing gloves in all of them. He's also covered up his face. They're all happening late at night between 8:40 and 10 pm, so the time frame is the same there," said Bill Stewart with the Metro Police Department.
The robber is described as a white man between the ages of 40 and 50. He weighs close to 250 pounds.
Police said he's gotten a large amount of cash in a couple of the robberies, but not at the Siam Café.
Silpacharn now locks the door an hour before he closes. He hopes Metro Police can catch the robber.
Police said a yellow Nissan Xterra seen leaving the parking lot of the Dollar General Store robbery. They said it might be related to the crime. If you have information that can help solve the case, call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.