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Police: accused fast food robbers likely craved more than cash

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Thomas Edward Davidson (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Thomas Edward Davidson (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police officials arrested and charged two men after a sting of robberies occurred in at least 15 businesses in just more than a month.  Police say Kevin Boyd and Thomas Davidson had a craving for cash.  Coe said they think the men had another craving in mind when they held up clerks at several different fast food chains. 

"I believe it was probably heroin, but I don't know for sure," said Coe.

Coe said she believed the crimes were drug-related.   Records show this is not the first time the "Fast Food Robbers" have demanded dollars from clerks in the area.  Police say the two men ended up getting more than what they ordered after the hold-ups.  The two were ordered to come to court for an arraignment Dec. 4.  Thomas Edward Davidson and Kevin Michael Boyd both said they were innocent at their separate arraignments.

Davidson and Boyd are in jail, but police say it is not the first time.  The two are charged with multiple counts of robbery each.  Davidson faces 10 counts of robbery, while Boyd faces eight.  LMPD charged each with several robberies, while St. Matthews Police charged each man with two counts of Robbery 1.  Police say they had been going up and down Bardstown Road or Preston Highway the most, displaying guns and demanding cash between 2 and 10 p.m.  The robberies started on Oct. 23.

"They were armed in all of the hold ups, except for two," said Lt. Jennifer Coe, Commander of the LMPD Robbery and Financial Crimes Unit.

The five week long take-out tour came to a halt on Monday at Denny's in Saint Matthews, a place Coe said was outside of their usual "hot spots."

"They seemed to have a certain area that they liked, around Preston Highway Bardstown Road," Coe said.

The Commander of the LMPD Robbery and Financial Crimes Unit said she could not say for certain why they targeted that area the most.  Detectives say the mission malfunctioned as Boyd held up an employee at gunpoint while Davidson was in the car, waiting for him to take out and take off.

"We believe they were both involved in several of them where they went together and one stayed in the vehicle.  However, we don't know for sure of the two were together on all of them or not," said Coe.

Records show each of the men have spent time behind bars for separate robberies in the past.  Coe said she believed Davidson had been convicted and sentenced to prison time for a bank robbery in Indiana.  Records show he was sentenced in Scott County for Robbery 1 back in 2009.  His projected release date was set for July 2, 2013.

Boyd was sentenced to 10 years in prison for Robbery 1 in 1992.  His court records reveal he was charged and convicted of robbing a bank in 1999.  He's also pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

The two robbed chains like Arby's, Rally's, Dairy Queen, Qdoba, Waffle House, Penn Station, Pizza Hut, KFC and Denny's.  Police say at least one of them paid a visit to a local landmark: Twig and Leaf.  Victims say whoever robbed the Twig and Leaf seemed to have thought ahead and rehearsed.

"He knew how to keep the gun out of everyone else's sight," said manager Todd Erwin.

"He walked away, he didn't run.  He looked like he knew what he was doing."

Erwin says he's glad the seasoned swindlers are back behind bars.

"Yeah we are happy, it keeps them off the street, keeps everybody else safe," Erwin said.

"Walking around with loaded guns -- there's no way to tell if they mean to shoot it or not it might go off and somebody could get hurt."

Police say the two men were from Germantown and that's the only possible connection they have between the two right now.

"We believe they were both involved in several of them where they went together and one stayed in the vehicle," said Lt. Jennifer Coe of the LMPD Robbery Unit. "However, we don't know for sure if the two were together on all of them or not."

Police believe these were drug-related and they do not expect to make any future arrests. They would not share how much money the two got away with.

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