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Pizza Hut, Hardee's robbed
Police unsure if weekend incidents related
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Statesboro police are unsure if two armed robberies at fast food restaurants over the weekend are related.

At the same time each night Friday and Sunday, witnesses said a black man wearing a hoodie entered the restaurants and fled with cash, according to Madison Bridges, Statesboro police public information officer.

On Friday, a man in a dark blue hoodie and a ski mask walked into Pizza Hut on South Main Street at 11:03 p.m., reportedly with a gun, and left with $717 in cash, according to police incident reports.

Then, on Sunday, a man wearing a red hoodie with a navy stripe on the chest entered Hardee's on Northside Drive East at 11:03 p.m., claimed he had a gun and took off with $900 cash and a cellphone, reports stated.

No one was injured in either armed robbery, and no suspect was located either time.

"We are looking into the possibility" of the two incidents being related, but "it's too early in the investigation to definitely say either way," said Statesboro police Capt. James Winskey.

An armed robbery on Tuesday, June 13, is not related to the weekend incidents, he said. Within hours of that armed robbery at a Northside Drive East location, Timothy Paul Dunigan, 18, of Cedarwood Acres; Curt Miller, 19, of Lanier Drive; and Jeffrey Bernard Pinkston, 26, of Lanier Drive, were arrested and each charged with one count of armed robbery.

The Statesboro Police Department gives (912) 764-9911 as the number to call to submit non-emergency information on cases under investigation. Citizens can also submit information anonymously to police at or by texting TIPSSPD followed by the message to 274637 (CRIMES).

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.



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