Restaurant robberies in multiple cities may be connected

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Newport News detectives are looking for two suspects believed to be responsible for the armed robbery and attempted robbery of two local fast food restaurants.

Detectives say, just before 3 a.m. Friday, two men approached a Taco Bell delivery driver while he was unloading his truck outside the restaurant, located at 10736 Jefferson Avenue.

The suspects, who were wearing black ski masks, pulled out guns and forced the driver inside the restaurant, according to police. The suspects demanded money, however, the victim did not have access to the safe. The suspects then took the victim’s wallet and fled the restaurant.

Newport News Robbery Detectives believe the Taco Bell robbery may have been committed by the same individuals that attempted to rob the Burger King at 10721 Jefferson Avenue on June 29, just after midnight. Both suspects were also dressed in black and were wearing black ski masks.

The Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office said the crimes in Newport News may be connected to one in that area earlier in the week. Investigators said surveillance images show two men with a gun robbing a Bojangles on Carrollton Boulevard just before 11:00 pm Sunday. Bandanas cover their faces and they are in all dark clothing, but investigators pointed out that one man has unique markings on his pants and the men have a black and pink backpack with them.

Investigators said the men held employees at gunpoint while taking money from the cash register and safe, then ran away. Investigator Katrina Everett talked about some of the similarities in the cases.

“They look for people outside of the restaurant, late evening hours, whether they be taking the trash out, whether they be waiting for an employee to come out of the store. Once they find that, they target it, and force them back into the store,” Everett said.

Hampton Police said those cases may be related to an attempted robbery at a Sonic and a robbery at Bojangles in recent weeks.

If you have any information about these crimes, please call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠.

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