SACRAMENTO – Over the past week, fast food chains have been the target of armed robberies allegedly by the same suspect.
In all incidents, the armed suspect entered restaurants during the early morning hours, just as when the businesses are opening their doors, demanded money and fled on foot, according to a press release. A surveillance camera in one of the restaurants showed a dark-skinned male, about 6-feet tall with a stocky build, waist-length hair – possibly dreadlocks, – light blue sweat jacket and either grey or black pants.
A Burger King on Freeport Boulevard and Fruitridge Road was robbed twice, around 7 a.m. on Tuesday and Sunday. Police spokeswoman Laura Peck said the suspect was armed in both instances, but he did not get away with cash in the second incident.
The same suspect robbed a Carl’s Jr on 26th Street and Broadway around 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, and a Jack in the Box on Stockton Boulevard and Broadway around 7 a.m. on Saturday, the press release states.
Police also believe that on Sunday, several minutes after robbing the Burger King on Freeport Boulevard and Fruitridge Road, the suspect drove to and robbed a Del Taco on Alhambra Boulevard and K Street in Midtown Sacramento.
Similar robberies have been reported in Sacramento County. Police are investigating whether these and prior incidents are linked to the suspect.
The police department is encouraging business owners to be aware of suspicious persons, especially during the early morning hours near fast food restaurants. Police are also urging anyone with information that would help the investigation to contact the department at (916) 443-4357.