Restaurant takes precautions after string of robberies

By: Domonique Benn
By: Domonique Benn

Three unsolved restaurant robberies are keeping Richmond County investigators busy and other restaurant workers on guard.

On Tuesday, April 11, the Wendy's on Walton Way robbed just after midnight. On Wednesday, April 12 at around 9 o'clock in the evening, a server at Sonic on Peach Orchard Road was robbed. And just after midnight the morning of Friday, April 14, the Burger King off of Gordon Highway at Tubman Home Road was robbed.

News 12's Domonique Benn tells you what one restaurant is doing to fight back.

To try and prevent something like this from happening again, Sonic has ordered new pouches with a chain that will be connected to the server...making it hard for a snatch and grab.

Shelly Salvesen is more alert when making change for customers at Sonic on Peach Orchard Road.

She's on guard after a fellow employee was robbed while trying to give a man his order.

He took all of her money--$148--and her money pouch.

"He just went out that way, she went to go look, and he grabbed it quickly and she had her hands full," said manager Kiven Williams.

A lesson learned the hard way.

But it's bringing about change.

Williams ordered new pouches that make it harder to steal.

"Now we are going to turn around here and get some more wallets with chains on them and wrap them around their aprons, so if they pull it, they got to take the car hop with them," Williams says.

"They are not going to be able to hold it. They go to snatch it and run it's going to pull back on it," says Salvesen.

Sonic does have security cameras, and the robber was caught on tape. That tape is now in the hands of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office is still investigating. No arrest has been made.

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