Gunmen grab cash in Inverness KFC holdup; no one hurtBy CARRIE JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
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published June 27, 2002
INVERNESS -- Just as employees were preparing to close for the night, two men with guns stormed into the KFC in Inverness and made away with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The men entered the restaurant about 10:28 p.m. Tuesday and demanded money from the cashiers, according to Inverness police Chief Lee Alexander. They left moments later, after grabbing cash from the store's manager.
No one was injured.
"Everybody did exactly what they should have done," said Kathy Webb, a KFC area supervisor. "I'm just angry they were robbed in the first place. No one has a right to stick a gun in these kids' faces."
The gunmen forced an adult male cook and two juvenile female cashiers into a walk-in cooler before leaving, Webb said.
The robbers were described as black men who wore masks or bandanas to obscure their features, Alexander said. One stood 6 feet and the other about 5 feet 7.
No vehicle was seen at Tuesday's robbery.
Alexander said he is exploring potential links between the KFC robbery and a series of recent holdups elsewhere in the Tampa Bay area.
During the past month, more than 20 fast-food restaurants have been targeted in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties.
On Monday, St. Petersburg police arrested two men wanted in connection with the June 16 robbery of a McDonald's in Clearwater. Officials think they may be linked to several of the fast-food robberies, although they have been charged only in one case.
St. Petersburg police said Monday they were looking for a third suspect, Anthony Harrington, 25, of St. Petersburg, whom they described as armed and dangerous.
-- Crime reporter Carrie Johnson can be reached at 860-7309 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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