Another restaurant robbed

Published 10:12 pm Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Police investigators are looking into the possibility that a Monday night robbery at a Pizza Hut on Bridge Road is connected to a robbery on Sunday about two miles away.

The Pizza Hut at 3575 Bridge Road was robbed just before 10:50 p.m., according to a police report. Workers at the store said two black males had entered the store with handguns and demanded money.

They received an undisclosed amount of cash and fled. They were observed operating a white, older-model, four-door Toyota passenger vehicle, possibly with tinted windows.

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Both suspects were about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall. One wore a partial mask, and the other wore a full-face mask. Both wore gloves of some type, according to the report.

The crime bears some resemblance to a robbery that happened about 25 hours before at the Happy Garden Chinese Restaurant at 7386 Harbour Towne Parkway.

About 9:34 p.m. Sunday, two males with handguns came to the Happy Garden Chinese Restaurant, 7386 Harbour Towne Parkway. They took money and a cell phone from a worker, as well as money from the business’s cash register, and fled. A police dog was brought to the scene and followed the scent to Freeman Avenue in the Huntersville neighborhood.

One suspect in that crime was described as thin and about six feet tall, while the other was about 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a stocky build.

“There are certainly similarities, which investigators are looking into,” city spokeswoman Debbie George said.

Anyone who has information is asked to call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Callers to Crime Line never have to give their names or appear in court, and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.