Restaurant armed robberies probably related, police say

By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Two fast food restaurants were robbed in Tupelo in the past week and police speculate that the same man may be responsible for both.
“We have two short-statured, white individuals with goatees and large handguns wearing bright-colored hoodies,” said Tupelo Police Capt. Rusty Haynes. “I would almost bet it’s the same person.”
Papa John’s Pizza on West Main Street was robbed at gunpoint about 9:30 p.m. Thursday.
Subway on South Gloster was robbed about 8:30 p.m. Sunday.
He said both of these businesses have been robbed before, but not recently.
No one was injured in either robbery this year.
Each time the robber left on foot and officers were able to track someone with a trained dog for a good distance before the scent disappeared, where Haynes said he likely got into a car.
Each time the robber got away with cash.
“If he’s dealing with a drug habit, as is common in this situation,” Haynes said, “he’s not getting away with a large amount of money and will probably show up again.”
Haynes said these are the only two armed robberies of businesses he can recall this year in Tupelo.
Police are asking that anyone with information about the robberies or the suspect call Crime Stoppers at (800) 773-8477.
jb.clark@journalinc.com