Authorities in Mecklenburg and Lincoln counties are looking for a man who they think might have been responsible for two armed robberies of Cook Out restaurants.
Each robbery took place about 7 a.m., and Officer Jessica Wallin, a spokesperson for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, said detectives think the cases are connected.
The most recent robbery was reported Monday at the Cook Out on Sardis Road North, near Monroe Road. An armed man entered the restaurant and demanded money from employees.
He drove off, but employees did not get a description of the vehicle.
The other case took place about 7 a.m. Dec. 22 at the Cook Out on N.C. 73 near Stanley.
In that robbery, a man shot out the glass in the rear door, entered the restaurant, and demanded that the manager open the safe and turn over the money.
In that case, Lincoln County sheriffs deputies said the suspect was driving a red 2012 to 2014 Toyota Camry, either an LE or XLE model.
In the Charlotte robbery, witnesses described the suspect as a black male, between 5 feet 10 and 6 feet tall, with a medium build. He was about 25 years old and was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, had a black-and-white polka dot bandana across his face, was wearing gloves, and was carrying a light blue duffel bag.
Anyone with information in the Lincoln or Mecklenburg cases is asked to contact Crime Stoppers, 704-334-1600.
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