CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Armed robbers usually bypass places where cops are known to frequent. But a pair of crooks defied the odds when they stuck up two different Dunkin' Donuts shops, using violence to get what they wanted.
During the day, there are lots of people around the Dunkin' Donuts in Charlotte's Southend. But at night, as the clerks were set to close up shop, there weren't many witnesses when surveillance shows two well-disguised hooded men pull out a gun and forced two clerks to cower behind the front counter.
"Immediately they brandished the firearm," said CMPD Detective Tori Roddey. "They pointed it at them and said, 'let's get to the back to where the safe is.'"
One of the men escorted the female clerk to the office. The other forced the male clerk to his knees, ordering him with a gun to his head to open the safe.
When the employee told him he didn't have a key, the thief responded by pistol whipping the back of the clerk's head.
"These guys are pretty violent," Detective Roddey said. "We know that during the robbery they hit one of the employees across the head and they were bleeding pretty bad."
That clerk laid on the flood for quite a while. He told police he got dizzy and nearly passed out in a pool of his own blood. And when the crooks left, one may have stepped in his blood, leaving a bloody footprint as evidence.
And this isn't the only doughnut shop that was robbed.
"We believe the two suspects here are the same two that robbed the Dunkin' Donuts over on Colony Road," Detective Roddey said.
And it was much of the same kind of quick-armed robbery.
"It's only a week and a half between each robbery, so they could possibly strike again soon," Roddey said. "It might not necessarily be a Dunkin' Donuts, but you never know."
The men were seen leaving South Boulevard in a white Chevy Tahoe with tinted windows.
You can't see their faces, but if you know anything that might help, call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600, and you could earn a reward of up to $1,000.