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"Fast Food Bandit" strikes along Bardstown Road, Preston Highway

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police want to find a thief who has a taste for fast food.

A Highlands restaurant manager tells us a 7-year-old girl witnessed it all when the crook came in with a gun demanding cash.

You could say Todd Erwin delivers a plate of biscuits and gravy at the Twig and Leaf with a side of caution still lingering in his mind.  "I was actually cooking right here," he says, "and our server was right here and she came over to him and he held the gun right down here right beside that pointed it at her and asked her for the money."

Twig and Leaf is not alone.  Police say this same robber has been busy up and down Bardstown Road and on Preston Highway, hitting Arby's, Rally's, Dairy Queen, and Qdoba, all between the hours of 2 and 10 p.m.

LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell explains, "These mostly happened late October, early part of November and then quite a few during the Thanksgiving week."

The thief is now being called the "Fast Food Robber."  Mitchell says, "Obviously, anyone who goes brazenly into a restaurant robbing it, I would say there's a great concern for that. And anyone with any information, certainly we want to get this individual off the street."

LMPD's robbery unit is looking for a white male between 30 and 50 years old weighing around 150 to 160 pounds with a gray mustache.

Erwin says, "He was out front smoking a cigarette -- looked a little fidgety."  He says the thief hit Twig and Leaf on November 22nd and left in less than two minutes, with a very young witness watching it all unfold:  "We had a lady and little girl, she was probably about seven, and then an older couple....Couple of the tables we had in here were a littler nervous, asked us to lock the door until the police got here."

Fortunately, that restaurant doesn't keep a cash register, so the robber didn't get away with much money.  Unfortunately, the cameras didn't work very well, so Erwin's eyeing an upgrade.

"We'd like to see him caught. I just can't believe he's blatantly going around hitting these stores like this. He'll get caught if he keeps it up so let him keep doing it."

Anyone who has information in this case is asked to call the tipline at 574-LMPD.

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