Investigators said that the man who robbed a restaurant near Easton could be connected to five other restaurant robberies in Columbus, Whitehall and Reynoldsburg.
A man entered the Applebee's, located at 3894 Morse Rd., through an unlocked door and demanded money from the safe at about 2 a.m., 10TV's Kevin Landers reported.
The man, who disguised himself with a facemask, fled the scene after the employees gave him the cash.
Police said that they believed the same man was responsible for robbing a Tussing Road Chipotle employee around midnight March 7.
The employee, who wished not to be identified, said that a man pointed a gun at him as he was walking to his car.
“He says, ‘I just want to get inside. I want to do nothing to you, I just want to go inside and take the money,’” the employee said. “I was afraid. I called my mom, and I was crying.”
Police also said that they thought the man was responsible for robbing a Golden Corral restaurant, located at 4750 E. Main St., on Feb. 26.
A witness told police that the man pointed a gun at an employee’s head, Landers reported.
Police said that witnesses reported that the man became angry when the safe was not in the restaurant office and screamed, “I’m going to kill someone in here.”
According to investigators, the man also robbed an employee on East Livingston Avenue as well as a Texas Roadhouse on East Main Street and a Buffalo Wings and Rings on East Broad Street Feb. 23.
Police said that both the robberies happened as the stores were closing, Landers reported.
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