Starbucks, Applebee's robbed in Little Rock over the weekend

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    Starbucks on Kavanaugh Blvd. (Photo: Steve Payne, THV11)

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - On Sunday, police responded to two commercial burglaries in Little Rock. The first occurred at Starbucks on Kavanaugh, and the second at Applebee's on Mabelvale Plaza. There were no injuries reported.

    Little Rock police were called to Starbucks on Kavanaugh in reference to an aggravated robbery that had just occurred on Sunday around 6 a.m. Communications advised that the subject was a male wearing all black with a silver pistol and left the store in a silver car.

    Upon arrival, officers made contact with the employees who were visibly upset, but they had no injuries. The employees said that they had just opened the store when a man came in and ordered coffee. The female employee began making the drink and when she returned to the counter, the man pulled out a gun and jumped over the counter, requesting all money from the register and safe. He reportedly told them he would kill them if they didn't give it to him. He also asked for their phones but appeared to get nervous and left the store. The male employee told him the register was on a time delay and could not be opened until 8 a.m.

    The employees stated that the man had a neck tattoo with cursive writing. The employees said that the man drove east on Kavanaugh and south onto Fillmore. He contacted the district manager about getting surveillance video.

    The second robbery took place at a Mabelvale Plaza Applebee's on Sunday.

    Police responded to an unknown trouble call at Applebee's, and while on the way to the scene, LRPD communications advised that a robbery had just occurred.

    An employee said he had just arrived at the business and was still sitting in his vehicle when another car arrived. He said the first suspect approached him from his vehicle and asked him when the restaurant opened. The employee said he told the suspect it opened at 11 a.m., then the man reportedly told him "we need to go inside." When the employee stated that the restaurant was not open yet, the suspect pulled up his shirt displaying a silver (dull, possibly titanium) semi-automatic hand gun.

    Once the suspect told the employee that he was not joking, the worker let him inside. Once inside, the employee said he was told to open the office safe and that the suspect then took cash from a cash drawer and from inside the safe. The suspect told the employee to get on the floor and give up his cell phone.

    The suspect then fled the business accompanied by an unknown person.

    If anyone has any information regarding either of these crimes, you are asked to contact the Little Rock Police Department.

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