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Armed robbers continue to target fast food restaurants

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The third robbery took place at the McDonald's on Preston Highway and East Indian Trail on July 22. (Source: WAVE 3 News) The third robbery took place at the McDonald's on Preston Highway and East Indian Trail on July 22. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The first robbery happened July 4 at the Wendy's on Hurstbourne Parkway near Interstate 64. (Source: WAVE 3 News) The first robbery happened July 4 at the Wendy's on Hurstbourne Parkway near Interstate 64. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The second robbery was reported July 16 at the Dairy Queen in Middletown. (Source: WAVE 3 News) The second robbery was reported July 16 at the Dairy Queen in Middletown. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Kim Honer (Source: WAVE 3 News) Kim Honer (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Stacy Roof (Source: WAVE 3 News) Stacy Roof (Source: WAVE 3 News)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - They are popular, successful and most of the time they are safe places to be, but now police are investigating the third fast food robbery in as many weeks.

The first happened July 4 at the Wendy's on Hurstbourne Parkway near Interstate 64, the second came July 16 at the Dairy Queen located in the 11000 block of Shelbyville Road in Middletown, putting neighboring restaurants on high alert.

Restaurant leaders are asking workers to be careful as the third robbery took place at the McDonald's on Preston Highway and East Indian Trail early Wednesday morning.

[PREVIOUS STORY: No one injured during McDonald's robbery]

"We have not ruled out any of those possibilities that they may be connected," said Louisville Metro Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell of the robberies. "They all have happened within the last few weeks some of them have some similarities."

All three of the robberies took place in the morning hours when police from both Jeffersontown and Louisville Metro say gunmen were wearing masks and shot a gun into the air demanding money.

In two of the three crimes, the restaurant was open to customers; customers now realizing you have to be aware even for a fast burger and fries.

[PREVIOUS STORY: Shot fired during robbery at Middletown Dairy Queen]

"I just keep my guard up because there are so many fast food restaurants," said Kim Honer, a Louisville resident who frequents fast food establishments.

The Kentucky Restaurant Association is staying calm, but staying on top of the situation.

Stacy Roof, the CEO and President of the Kentucky Restaurant Association says it's troubling, but she maintains, like any business, there must be a commitment to security.

[PREVIOUS STORY: Police searching for gunman after armed robbery]

Why she thinks fast food restaurants may have possibly been hit? "I think because it's quick service," she said. "They feel like it's an easier target because they can be in and out faster."

Roof says it's a good time for all restaurants to go over safety plans with employees.

As a customer, Honer says he's not surprised thieves are targeting fast food, “Things are hard out there now and people are losing jobs."
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Roof says she is surprised about one thing -- fast food restaurants don't keep a lot of cash on hand, especially in the morning.

"So many transactions are done by credit cards or by debit card anymore," she said, "It's not a cash rich place especially when you just opened for the morning because you're going to start with a small bank." No arrests have been made in the robberies. Anyone with information is asked to call the anonymous police tip line at (502) 574-LMPD.

Restaurant owners or managers looking for advice concerning security procedures can also call the Kentucky Restaurant Association at (502) 896-0464 or go to their website at www.kyra.org

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