WACO (July 14, 2014)--After two armed robberies of stores at closing time in the past four days, police are looking into the possibility of a link.
Investigators will try to determine whether the weekend closing-time robbery of the Harbor Freight store in Waco is tied to a robbery last week at the Pizza Hut on North Valley Mills Drive.
At about 11:20 p.m. Thursday a man forced his way into the back door at the Pizza Hut at 626 North Valley Mills Drive just as the restaurant was closing. He ordered all the employees to lie on the floor, took money from the day's receipts, and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured in the robbery. (John Carroll)
WACO (July 14, 2014) Police were looking for three suspects Monday after a violent late-night robbery at the Harbor Freight Store in Waco during which one employee was assaulted, a second was pistol-whipped and a third was threatened at gunpoint.
A watchful resident saw the robbery happening and notified police at around 9:55 p.m. Saturday, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said Monday.
As officers arrived at the store at 3902 Bosque Blvd., the robbers were leaving in a vehicle that had been parked at the back of the store, Swanton said.
Police gave chase, but the driver was finally able to elude officers on a gravel road off the Old Marlin Highway, Swanton said.
Officers from other agencies later spotted the vehicle and again gave chase, but the driver escaped for a second time, Swanton said.
Swanton said the vehicle was described as a tan or gold four-door sedan.
The car and the three suspects have not been found, Swanton said.
Three men approached one employee as he was taking out the trash after closing the store Saturday night, Swanton said.
The men forced him back into the store at gunpoint and pistol-whipped him, Swanton said.
A female employee inside the store was assaulted and a third employee was forced at gunpoint to open the safe.
The three men escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash and checks, Swanton said.
The men all had thin to medium builds and were wearing black clothing, ski masks and gloves and all three were armed with handguns.
Investigators are asking anyone with information to call Waco police or Crime Stoppers at (254) 754-HELP.