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Police are searching for a man who demanded money from an employee at a Lancaster fast food restaurant, but left empty-handed late Sunday, May 19.
Officers responded at 10:41 p.m. to the attempted armed robbery at Hardee’s, 297 S.C. 9 Bypass East, and spoke with three employees, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
The store manager told officers a white man wearing a red t-shirt and a baseball hat came into the restaurant and asked if they were still open. She told the man they were open and began to take his order, the report said.
That’s when the man began acting suspiciously and started pacing back and forth, the report said. The manager tried to get the attention of the other employees when the man began acting suspicious, but was unable to do so.
“(The manager) stated because of the male’s demeanor she picked up the money till that was sitting on the back counter and began walking to the office with it,” an officer wrote in the report. “(The manager) stated the male told her to stop walking with the till and ‘hand it over.’”
As he said this, the man also grabbed his waist band with his hand, the report said.
The manager then placed the till on a desk in the office, pressed the panic button on their security alarm and raised her hands, the report said.
The unknown man then left the store on the north side and the employees called 911.
The man drove away in a grey sedan with a spare tire on the rear passenger side, the report said.
There were still no arrests in the case on Monday afternoon, said Lancaster Police Capt. Paul Smith.
“They (detectives) are still working on that. There are no arrests yet, but there could be some charges here soon,” Smith said.
Smith said no money was taken during the incident and the man did not present a weapon.
“He didn’t get any funds,” Smith said. “And there was no weapon either. He gestured to his waistband with his left hand which she (the manager) perceived as a weapon.”
As for whether the case is related to the chase and arrest of an unidentified man Monday afternoon who allegedly robbed Camp Creek Grocery, 2366 Camp Creek Road, by jumping over the counter and grabbing money from a register, Smith said it was too soon to tell.
“We’re trying to see now if the two cases are connected, but right now we can’t say definitively,” Smith said. “Hopefully we’ll have some kind of answer soon.”
If you know anything about this incident, call the Lancaster Police Department at (803) 283-1171, (803) 283-3313 or the LPD’s anonymous tip hotline at (803) 289-6040.
Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416