Fayetteville, N.C. — Fayetteville police are seeking the public's help in finding two men who investigators believe may be linked to nine robberies at local businesses – eight in Fayetteville and one in Hope Mills – since Feb. 4.
In all of the robberies, a robber enters the business and pretends to be a customer before forcing his way into the back.
Armed with a chrome or silver handgun, the robber has taken undisclosed amounts of money from each business and is believed to have a car waiting for him nearby.
The most recent robbery happened about 9:40 p.m. Wednesday at the Burger King on Raeford Road.
One suspect is described as a black man in his 20s who stands about 6 feet tall. He has a thin build and has worn dark clothing, a hooded sweatshirt and a hat with a blue or purple bill.
The other man police are looking for is black and in his teens to early 20s. He is between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall and has a thin build. He has been caught on surveillance video wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a large white cross on the back, blue jeans, a red baseball cap and black tennis shoes with white stripes.
Fayetteville police say they believe the men robbed the following businesses:
- Feb. 4: Burger King, Reilly Road, 9:20 p.m.
- Feb. 5: Kyoto Express, Ramsey Street, 8:40 p.m.
- Feb. 6: Little Ceasers, Raeford Road in Hope Mills, 8:20 p.m.
- Feb. 12: Golden China, Bonanza Drive, 8:20 p.m.
- Feb. 12: Family Dollar, Raeford Road, 9:10 p.m.
- Feb. 15: Lil Thrift Food Mart, Hope Mills Road, 9:50 p.m.
- Feb. 15: Short Stop Food Mart, Owen Drive, 9:45 p.m.
- Feb. 20: Burger King, Raeford Road, 9:40 p.m.
"Obviously, there is little or no traffic inside those businesses. No customers are inside the stores," said police Lt. Darry Whitaker.
Police detective James Walker had this warning for the robbers: "We're going to do everything we can to catch you. We're not going to stop. We're going to keep going. We're taking this personally, and we'll do what we can to catch you."
Anyone with information about any of the robberies should call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477. Local businesses can call 910-433-1033 to schedule a visit from police to conduct a site security survey.