Dunkin' Donuts employees recognize armed robber as co-worker

Luke David Payne (Source: LMDC)
Luke David Payne (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville man is accused of holding up a doughnut shop twice in one week, and when he failed to wear a mask the second time he robbed the store, police say, workers recognized him as a fellow employee.

According to an arrest report, a masked man entered Dunkin' Donuts at 1250 Bardstown Road on May 18 armed with a knife. He demanded and received the business' cash.

Six days later, on May 24, the store was held up a second time by a man armed with a knife but not wearing a mask. Police said one of the employees realized the man was the same person who had robbed the store days earlier, and all of the employees recognized him as a co-worker.

Luke David Payne, 36, was taken into custody on May 25. He is charged with two counts of first-degree robbery. He was also charged on a fugitive warrant.

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