Police look for man suspected of robbing more than 12 restaurants


by Claudia Coffey


Posted on December 2, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 2 at 10:24 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- Police are investigating a string of fast food restaurant robberies.

Since October, more than a dozen fast food restaurants have been hit by what police said was one suspect.

According to police, potential suspects are being questioned, but no arrests have been made, yet.

The suspect allegedly enters the restaurants during mid-day, brandishes a weapon and continues to rob them.
Inside the Twig and Leaf in the Highlands a typical quiet lunch hour, a far cry from what shook the manager just two weeks ago.

"He pointed it at me and was like I want the money out of the register," Todd Erwin, Twig and Leaf owner, said.

Erwin described the moment when a robber walked into the restaurant Nov. 22. It was midday and several people were eating including a small child.

"He came in and pointed the gun at our server. She kind of screamed. She turned around and said, 'he's got a gun and wants our money.' She's like, 'what do I do?' I'm like, 'hand him the money'," Erwin said.

After he took around a $150, Erwin said he just calmly walked out and down the street.
LMPD said the Twig and Leaf robbery is just on of many brazen robberies the suspect has committed over the past few months.

"What he is doing is going into these restaurants and displaying a weapon and demanding the business cash and would receive it and then flee," Dwight Mitchell, LMPD public information officer, said.

The suspect appears to target restaurants along major corridors like Bardstown Road and Preston Highway. He's hit Arby's, Rally's, Penn Station and Qdoba. Police are reviewing surveillance tape and said there is an urgent desire to get him off the streets.

"If he keeps doing this, he'll get caught,"  Erwin said.

Police describe the suspect as a white male, 5' 10" in his 40s to 50s with grayish hair.

If you have any information call the anonymous tip line at 502-574-LMPD.