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UPDATED: Two masked men rob Yelm fast-food restaurant

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Nov. 11, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
November 11, 2009 1:20 pm
Courtesy of Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers
Courtesy of Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers

Two masked men robbed a Yelm fast-food restaurant early today and their descriptions resemble those of the two robbers who have impersonated cops, stopped restaurant employees and robbed them at gunpoint in Pierce County.

Investigators don’t have concrete evidence tying the Yelm robbery to the Pierce County spree but detectives from all the agencies will be talking.

“We’re going to explore all the possibilities,” Yelm police Sgt. Adam Wood said.

According to The Olympian’s Web site, the robbery occurred about 1:30 a.m. as two employees closed up the Burger King on Yelm Avenue.

When one employee opened the back door, two masked men burst inside, tied up the employees and took cash.

One robber was armed with a gun and described as a white male, about 6 feet 2 and about 175 pounds. He had  blonde hair and blue eyes, according to the Olympian.

The other suspect was described as about 5 feet 7, 200 pounds and possibly Hispanic. The suspect called the robber with the gun “Josh,” Yelm police said.

Yelm police were reviewing surveillance video from the Burger King and surrounding businesses for more evidence in their robbery.

Pierce County law enforcement agencies have been trying to identify two men suspected of posing as cops and robbing fast-food restaurant employees in the early morning hours. They’ve tied the men to four incidents. The most recent was the rape and attempted robbery of an employee early on Nov. 1 in Tacoma.

“We’ll be working with them to see if they are related and sharing information,” Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The fake cops have used vehicles equipped with red and blue, police-type lights to stop their victims. They’ve been armed and worn gloves and bandanas.

The men have been described as white, 20 to 25 years old, 5 feet 8 and 150 to 190 pounds.

Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to arrests and charges filed in the robbery spree. Callers may remain anonymous.

Reach Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959.

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