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Pattern Developing in Restaurant Robberies

Posted May 28, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— It's happened nearly two dozen times in the last three months. A man bursts into a fast food restaurant just after closing and robs the place. Then he roughs up workers and shoves them into a freezer.

The latest place hit was a McDonald's in Granville County. Police have issued arrest warrants on two suspects -- a robber and a getaway driver, but no arrests have been made yet. The suspects' names have not been released. Police say they hope to make their arrests before another restaurant is robbed.

The thieves have hit a total of 19 fast food restaurants along Interstate 85 in Virgina and North Carolina in the past three months. So far, they have only robbed McDonald's and Burger King restaurants.

Oxford police Detective Mark Blair says the robbers always strike at closing time.

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

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

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