CORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) - Two fast food restaurants, a grocery store in Pinecrest, and most recently, a fast food restaurant in Coral Gables may have all been robbed by the same armed man in the past two months.
Now, multiple police agencies in South Florida are on alert for this dangerous armed robber.
New surveillance video shows a robber who may be behind several robberies across South Florida. “Obviously, he’s a very dangerous person,” said Coral Gables Sgt. Tomas Salcedo. “Thank God nobody got hurt.”
According to police, on Dec. 8 at around midnight, an armed subject attempted to rob a Domino’s Pizza restaurant, located at 1400 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, armed with a chrome revolver.
The video shows an employee was just taking cash out of the safe when the robber entered the pizza joint and hopped the counter.
Police said the store employees were able to flee immediately, which caused the subject to panic and leave the area in a vehicle similar to a dark blue Toyota Scion TC, with the partial tag K83.
“I took off running because I didn’t think he was going to shoot,” said Edgar Franco through a translator, the manager at the Domino’s.
No money was stolen from the business.
According to officials, there are striking similarities to three robberies that took place over the past month, especially the silver revolver. “He is possibly hitting other stores, maybe other cities,” Salcedo said.
Most recently, this past Sunday, around 6:30 p.m., a man armed with a chrome revolver matching the same description as the Domino’s robbery hit a Burger King in Pinecrest at gunpoint.
Surveillance cameras captured the scene there, as well, as he ordered the employees to open the safe and give him the money that was inside.
One Burger King employee said she thought it was joke. “He comes in and he’s like, ‘No, this is for real. Give me all the money,’ and he puts the gun to my back,” she said. “The thing that came through my mind was my daughter is way more important than a couple of dollars.”
Prior to this, on Nov. 27, a man fitting the same description and also armed with a silver handgun walked right up to the window at the Dairy Queen located at 8545 South Dixie Highway. Police said he demanded cash from the workers and got away with a couple of hundred dollars. “‘Give the money, if not, [gun sounds],'” said one employee who witnessed the robbery.
Just three days earlier, employees at a Farm Stores convenience store, located at 12075 South Dixie Highway, were targeted in a similar way by a man who was also wielding a silver handgun.
Police are now trying to figure out if the same man is behind the string of robberies. He got away with nearly $800.
The subject in the Domino’s Pizza robbery is described as a black male between the ages of 20 and 25. He stands between 5 feet six inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs between 160 to 190 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, dark gray T-shirt and dark blue pants. He masked the lower part of his face and has a thin goatee.
If you have any information on any of these robberies, contact the Coral Gables Police Department at 305-442-1600 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.
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