Kansas City police on Wednesday said the same pair of armed robbers might be responsible for as many as 10 business hold-ups in recent weeks, including four at Church’s Chicken restaurants.
Most of the heists occurred in south Kansas City, but at least one occurred in Raytown. Police have been unable to get a description of a getaway vehicle.
“These guys are getting more and more violent,” said Robbery Detective Dawn Templeton. “It’s important we make a break in the case soon.”
The most-recent crime occurred 4 p.m. Tuesday when two robbers demanded money from a 53-year-old clerk at the Church’s Chicken at 11500 Blue Ridge Blvd. They stole $500 and fled.
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That was the second time robbers had targeted that restaurant. On Dec. 19, the robbers fired shots at employees who had scattered in fear. No one was hurt and the robbers fled without any cash.
On Dec. 16, the robbers hit two chicken restaurants within three hours at 9325 Blue Ridge Blvd. and 9310 E. Missouri 350.
Last week, the robbers stole money from a Wendy’s restaurant at 5363 E. Bannister Road and forced employees into a freezer, police said.
In each case, the robbers have worn masks, coats and gloves and one robber appears taller and heavier than the other. The taller robber could be about 6 feet 3 inches, Templeton said. She said the robbers also displayed similar mannerisms and a large black semi-automatic handgun in the 10 crimes. In some of the heists, one robber acted as a lookout while the other went inside and pulled off the robbery.
Police have excellent video surveillance from the holdups at the chicken restaurants, but not from the other businesses, which include a beauty shop.
Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (816-474-8477).