LMPD nabs pair robbing area restaurants


by Claudia Coffey


Posted on December 4, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 6:46 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Two suspects are behind bars after a string of armed robberies at Louisville area restaurants.

It’s been a problem plaguing several communities for more than a month.

Many have happened in areas including the Highlands area on Bardstown Road, Preston Highway and Breckinridge Lane.

Police say the motive behind most of the robberies was a desire for drugs.

Thomas Edward Davidson and Kevin Michael Boyd were arrested just minutes after robbing Denny’s on Dutchman’s Lane.

“Boyd actually committed that hold up in St. Matthews and Davidson was in the getaway vehicle,” Lt. Jennifer Coe of Louisville Metro Police said.

Police say they are both responsible for multiple robberies of fast food restaurants since October. The list includes Qdoba, Penn Station, Arby’s, Rally’s and Twig and Leaf Restaurant.

Todd Erwin of Twig and Leaf Restaurant was robbed by the pair last month. He’s taken a number of extra measures since then.

“We already are taking more precaution. We added more cameras and are handling the money different,” Ewin said.

Davidson has been charged in 8 of the robberies and Boyd in 6. Police believe the men were armed and working together in most of the robberies.

“We believe they were involved in several of them and they went together and one stayed in the vehicle,” Coe said. “We are not sure if they were together on all of them or not.”

The robberies were happening mainly in the middle of the day when the restaurants were full of people. That’s when one of the suspects would pull out a gun and demand money. Erwin was concerned someone would get hurt.

“I was worried about that. It could have accidentally gone off. It’s good they have them off the street,” he said.

Both suspects have been arraigned and both have lengthy criminal histories.