UPDATE: Surveillance photos of armed robbery suspects from J'town Hardee's released
The robbery happened early on the morning of July 25 at the Hardee's at 9506 Taylorsville Road.
This is a surveillance photo of one of the suspects. (Source: Jeffersontown Police Department)
This is a surveillance photo of the second suspect. (Source: Jeffersontown Police Department)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Jeffersontown Police have released surveillance photos of two armed robbery suspects from a fast food restaurant robbery on Taylorsville Road Friday morning.
With their faces covered and guns drawn, four fast food restaurants have been held up in just as many weeks. It's a crime that's putting neighboring restaurants and businesses on high alert.
Police say it is possible that all four armed robberies are connected.
Bruce Loeffler is tired of hearing of restaurant employees being held at gunpoint.
"We try to always think ahead and we put a lot of cameras in here and a lot of cameras outside, but if they want you, they are going to come after you," said Loeffler.
As a company partner of FDKY Barbeque on Taylorsville Road in Jtown, he, too finds himself at his restaurant in the early morning hours.
Friday morning the target was just a few doors down at the Hardee's. Police say a female employee was opening the restaurant by herself when two robbers came through an unlocked door.
"Totally covered head to toe with clothing that obviously disguised them," said Major Alex Payne, Jeffersontown Police. "One individual was armed with a hand gun."
Police say it's unclear how much money they were able to get away with before running out of the backdoor.
This is fourth armed robbery of a fast food restaurant in about a month. The first happened at the Wendy's in Jtown, the second occurred at a Middletown Dairy Queen and the third at a McDonalds on Preston Highway and East Indian Trail.
In all four the intruders had their face covered and in the first three a gun was shot in the air.
"You don't want to see somebody coming into your place of business, your home, or anywhere else sticking guns in your face and demanding money. I don't care who you are, how old you are, or what job you have," said Payne.
Major Payne says it is important for employees to be very aware of their surroundings at all times.
Despite always having his 19 security cameras rolling these recent crimes are prompting Loeffler to protect himself and his staff even more.
"I have a conceal carry that I carry with me in my car, but I don't bring it into the premise, but you can bet I'll start," said Loeffler.
Loeffler says he even plans to sit down with his staff to discuss other ways to stay safe, like how to handle early morning deliveries.