Friday, July 23, 2004

Man with gun robs Florence Arby's

The Enquirer

FLORENCE - A man robbed the Arby's on U.S. 42 early Wednesday and escaped with cash, police said.

Witnesses said a white man, 5-foot-9 or 5-foot-10 and weighing between 220 and 250 pounds, entered the restaurant near Interstate 75 at 1:50 a.m.

He wore a black shirt, black pants, a black ski mask and silver- or gold-colored eyeglasses, and was armed with a small silver-colored handgun, witnesses said.

The suspect forced the restaurant's employees into a freezer while he escaped, said Sgt. Lenny Cloyd of Florence police.

The robbery was the second time a Florence fast-food restaurant has been held up in two weeks.

Police said two black men robbed the Wendy's on Turfway Road at 1:30 a.m. July 11. The suspects, both armed with semi-automatic pistols, also forced employees into a freezer while they escaped with cash, Cloyd said.

Anyone with information about either crime should call Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040 or Florence police at (859) 647-5420.

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