3rd Armed Robbery at Miami-Area Burger King in 2 Days

Armed robber strikes fast food restaurant again, police believe crimes related

By Donna Rapado and Brian Hamacher
|  Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012  |  Updated 11:55 AM EDT
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Police say an armed robber struck his third Miami-area Burger King restaurant in two nights Tuesday in Hialeah. Spokesman Det. Eddie Rodriguez said the crimes appear very similar.

Police say an armed robber struck his third Miami-area Burger King restaurant in two nights Tuesday in Hialeah. Spokesman Det. Eddie Rodriguez said the crimes appear very similar.

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Two Miami Burger King Restaurants Robbed Within Minutes: Cops

Police are searching for a suspect they say robbed two different Miami Burger King restaurants through the drive-thru window within minutes of each other early Tuesday. A mother who did not want to give her name watched one of the robberies take place from the drive-thru where she sat in a car with her kids. Meantime, witness Jamesia Dixon was working when the robber struck.

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Surveillance video shows an armed robber get inside a Burger King drive-thru window in Miami.
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Police say an armed robber struck his third Miami-area Burger King restaurant in two nights Tuesday in Hialeah.

The latest attempt happened at the fast food eatery at 891 West 49th Street when the masked robber forced his way into the drive-thru window and demanded the cashier give him money, Hialeah Police said.

The suspect wasn't able to get any cash and no one was injured.

Police believe it's the same suspect who struck at two different Miami Burger King restaurants Monday night in similar robberies.

"Right now they all seem very similar, they're all walking up through the drive-thru armed with a handgun, asking for money," Hialeah Police spokesman Det. Eddie Rodriguez said. "So right now, it all does look like it's related but we still don't have information."

In the first robbery, at the location at 3601 Northwest 27th Avenue, the masked robber pointed a handgun at the cashier and demanded money, Miami Police said. The employee complied and the robber grabbed cash out of the register before fleeing the store.

Police Search for Cell Phone Snatcher

The second robbery happened about a half-hour later at the Burger King at 1309 Northwest 20th Street. In that robbery, the suspect jumped through the drive-thru window and again demanded cash but fled the scene empty-handed, police said. Surveillance video captured one of the robberies Monday night.

Police believe the robberies are related and Hialeah and Miami Police are now working together to solve the crimes.

"We know that this is not the only place that this has happened. These robberies are occurring not only in the City of Miami and other jurisdictions, here in Hialeah," Rodriguez said. "We are working together, we are putting our information together, we are investigating this the best we can, we are trying to find this person, and we will. We will end up finding this man."

Anyone with information on the robberies is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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