LANCASTER – Crooks were busy in Lancaster Sunday night. Three fast food restaurants were robbed at gunpoint between 7 and 9 p.m., according to authorities.
The first robbery happened around 7:24 p.m. at Little Caesars Pizza at 43440 10th Street West.
“Two suspects walked into the location, one of them was armed with a gun, and they demanded money,” said Sgt. Paul Pfrehm, Lancaster Station Watch Commander.
Pfrehm said the robbers told the store’s employees to put all the money in a bag. The employees gave the suspects an unknown amount of money, and then the suspects ran out of the restaurant on foot, he said.
A half hour later, around 8:12 p.m., armed bandits struck Wienerschnitzel at 601 West Ave J.
“They walked into the business through an open rear door and demanded a store employee put money into a bag,” Pfrehm said. “One of the employees gave the suspects an unknown amount of currency, then the suspects ran from the location on foot.”
The Subway at 805 East Avenue K was hit by armed robbers at 9:09 p.m.
“They walked into the location, walked up to the counter and one suspect asked to purchase cookie,” Pfrehm said. “When he paid for it, the clerk opened the register… the other suspect then produced a handgun and demanded the money.”
Pfrehm said the employee placed an unknown amount of money into a soda cup and handed it off to the suspects. The thieves ran out of the business on foot, he said.
All three hold ups were done by two suspects with similar descriptions, but it is unknown at this time if the robberies were committed by the same duo, Pfrehm said.
The thieves are described as two black males, wearing t-shirts and athletic-type shorts.
“I don’t have an age approximation on them,” Pfrehm said. “There’s no notation (on the police report) that they had on masks or that their faces were covered.”
Pfrehm said detectives are currently working the cases and much of the information is still preliminary. He did not know whether any of the restaurants had video surveillance or if there were any customers in the stores during the robberies.
“They’ll be out canvassing and looking for witnesses today, seeing if anybody happened to see anything at any of the surrounding businesses,” he said. “We’re asking for the public’s help.”
Anyone with information on the armed robberies is urged to contact Lancaster Station detectives at 661-948-8466. If you would like to provide information anonymously you can do so by calling Crimestoppers at 800-222-8477.