Hungry bandit targets restaurants

Author: Phillip Mena, Anchor/Reporter, pmena@kprc.com
Published On: Jun 20 2012 08:27:38 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 21 2012 06:44:14 AM CDT
HOUSTON -

Houston Police are searching for a man they think has been on a two-week crime spree targeting restaurants in North Houston.

"We believe the same suspect is responsible for seven robberies in the city of Houston and another in a different part of Harris County," Houston Police Investigator Jeff Brieden said.

The crime spree started with three robberies June 5, according to police. That day, the armed suspect held up a Mexican restaurant on 130 Harwicke, then a Shipley's Donuts and a hair salon, both on Rankin.

After robbing the hair salon, the suspect has been hitting restaurants ever since, according to police.

"He usually eats at the restaurant before he robs it," Brieden said. "He'll sit there sometimes up to two hours. Then he'll walk up to the cash register and he'll rob them."

His last heist happened June 18, at a Whataburger in Northwest Houston, according to police.

He's described as a white male in his 20's, no taller than 5 feet 7 inches weighing between 120 to 160 pounds. According to police, he has a tattoo on his shaved head and tattoos on both arms, which he often covers with a long-sleeve shirt or a jacket.

"It's summertime and it's hot so, it stands out to see someone wearing a jacket," Brieden said. "He's hitting more frequently lately. I know he's going to hit again and I just don't know what he's capable of. That's what concerns me. That's why we need to catch him."

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS.