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Pattern Developing in Restaurant Robberies

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Detective Blair
OXFORD — It's happened nearly two dozen times in thelast three months. A man bursts into a fast food restaurant just afterclosing and robs the place. Then he roughs up workers and shoves theminto a freezer.

The latest place hit was a McDonald's in Granville County. Police haveissued arrest warrants on two suspects -- a robber and a getawaydriver, but no arrests have been made yet. The suspects' names have notbeen released. Police say they hope to make their arrests before anotherrestaurant is robbed.

The thieves have hit a total of 19 fast food restaurants alongInterstate 85 in Virgina and North Carolina in the past three months. Sofar, they haveonly robbed McDonald's and Burger King restaurants.

Oxford police Detective Mark Blair saysthe robbersalways strike at closing time.

Investigators say most of the crimes have fit the same pattern. Thosewho live near the restaurants say they'd like to see the men caught.

No one was seriously injured in the Oxford robbery, but workers wereshaken up after being pushed around and threatened at gunpoint.

Oxford law enforcement is working with the State Bureau ofInvestigation on solving this case.Mark Roberts reporting

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