Crime & Courts

Two sought in restaurant robberies

Authorities are searching for thieves who held up a pair of chain restaurants in Richland and Lexington counties this month.

In both cases, robbers forced restaurant workers at Chili’s and Applebee’s back inside just after closing time and took several bags of money, according to authorities in Richland and Lexington counties.

The most recent robbery occurred at the Chili’s on Ginny Lane near Interstate 20 in Lexington, Lexington police say. The Applebee’s robbery occurred July 4 at the restaurant 10102 Two Notch Road in Northeast Richland.

In Lexington, surveillance video shows two subjects leaving the area in a white, late model Chevrolet pickup truck. The truck was driven by a third man, according to the Lexington Police Department.

Lexington police officials say they’re working with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department on a similar armed robbery at an Applebees on July 4 in northeast Richland.

In that case, a male suspect forced two restaurant workers inside at about 1:25 a.m. and took two bags of money, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. A second suspect stayed outside and drove the getaway car, the department said in a news release Friday.

In both robberies, the suspecdts were identified as black males, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall and in their 20s. Victims said the suspects in both cases escaped in a white, late-model Chevrolet truck.

Anyone with information about either robbery should contact the Lexington Police Department at 359-6260 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.