OAKLAND PARK, Fla. – Broward Sheriff's Office deputies believe that the same gunman robbed a Pizza Hut and a Family Dollar store earlier this month.
The first robbery was reported just before 10:15 p.m. July 8 at Pizza Hut at 1640 W. Hillsboro Blvd. in Deerfield Beach.
Deputies said the man pretended to pay for a pizza, but when the cashier opened the register, he pulled out a gun, reached over the counter and grabbed the cash.
Deputies said the gunman told the cashier, "Don't look at me" as he ran out of the restaurant.
According to authorities, surveillance video captured the same man and an accomplice just before closing time July 11 at Family Dollar at 2901 W. Oakland Park Blvd. in Oakland Park.
Deputies said the armed man told the clerk behind the registers, "Give me the keys and give me the money or I'll kill you."
The clerk complied and opened the registers as the second robber went behind the counter to grab the cash, deputies said.
A second employee was spotted standing near the front of the store, and the armed robber ordered the employee to kneel by the registers, authorities said.
The gunman is described as a man in his 20s, about 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing about 170 pounds. He has a dark complexion and dark facial hair. He was last seen wearing a black hooded zipper sweatshirt, black pants, red sneakers and a black backpack. He was armed with a semi-automatic handgun.
The second man is about 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighs about 130 pounds and has a dark complexion. He wore a black hooded zipper sweatshirt, black pants and a mask to cover his face.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Mohammad Razi at 954-321-4547. Anonymous tips can be made to Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. A reward of up to $3,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.