O’FALLON, IL (KTVI)-Police across the St. Louis metro area are investigating a rash of fast food restaurant robberies. On Tuesday morning, an armed woman robbed a Hardees restaurant in O’Fallon, IL. She cleaned out all the cash registers in five minutes. They don’t have a good description of the woman because she was wearing a scarf that covered her face.
O’Fallon Police Detective Lt. Mick Hunter said, “It’s very odd for us to have a female commit a crime such as an armed robbery. That was the first time in 25 years where a female had done an armed robbery.”
A few hours later, a Jack in the Box in South St. Louis was robbed by two armed men. And, police are trying to find the person who smashed the front door of a Subway also in south St. Louis overnight.
Last week, a man held up a White Castle in north St. Louis. He was armed with a rifle. Just days before, a south St. Louis White Castle was hit.
Police don’t usually see an increase in fast food robberies during the holidays and say this latest string is unusual. Still, thieves are busy at Christmas time. Sometimes they prey on shoppers.
St. Louis City Police Captain Jim Moran says, “It’s tough times for a lot of people. The holiday season tends to have people under higher stress and people who get stressed out do things they normally wouldn’t do.”
Authorities do not think the robberies are related.