Similarities in two Jack in the Box robberies

Posted at 5:54 PM, Apr 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-22 21:56:22-04

Phoenix police are looking for the suspect who held up the Jack in the Box restaurant at Thomas Rd. and I-17 April 13.   Witnesses estimated him to be just over 6 feet tall.  In surveillance video you can see him loading a large clip into what police describe as a submachine gun.

"I'm used to this (robberies) in this area, it's expected," Gwyneth Shugart said.  

Shugart works next door to the Jack in the Box that was robbed Thursday night at 60th Avenue and Thomas Road, just a few miles from the other restaurant.

"There are bad people everywhere you go," she said.

The question police are trying to answer is are the bad guys in both robberies the same guy?

"We have unique characteristics that are similar," Phoenix Police Sgt. Vince Lewis said.

Detectives are currently investigating them separately, but said there are several similarities.  Both were wearing tan coveralls with a bandana over their face, both had a gun with a long clip and both left in a white pick-up.  

"Hopefully these are the last two that we see," Sgt. Lewis said.  "Theoretically, if more were to be committed with similar modes of operation, descriptions, so forth, then detectives may treat this as a serial robber."

Silent Witness is offering a reward in the April 13 case.  If you have information, you can call 1-800-343-TIPS.