Crime spree suspect robs 3 Raleigh businesses in under 15 minutes, police say

The Dunkin' Donuts at 8401 Capital Blvd. was robbed Wednesday night (Christopher Hemric/CBS North Carolina)


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Raleigh Police said one suspect robbed three businesses on Capital Boulevard in less than 15 minutes Wednesday night.

All three businesses were hit starting around 9:15 p.m. and are within just a few mile span along Capital Boulevard, police said.

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Mona Pita Grill, located at 5260 Capital Blvd., was robbed first, then the suspect hit the Subway at 6320 Capital Blvd., and finished the robbery spree at the Dunkin’ Donuts at 8401 Capital Blvd., according to police.

At Mona Pita, Muna Cheko was working when the suspect entered with a gun.

“A man came in with the gun. He was screaming, ‘Open the register!’ I saw a mask. I was so scared I didn’t know what to do,” Cheko said.

Cheko said she ran from the suspect when they became distracted with her handbag.

“He told me, ‘Give me your bag’ and that second, I had a chance to go inside and lock the door he can’t open it from there,” Cheko said.

The thief fled after failing to open the locked register but the suspect was able to steal $135 from the Dunkin’ Donuts and $400 from the Subway.

Cary police confirmed the town had a similar incident on April 26 at the Circle K at 1001 N. Harrison Ave. while a Morrisville robbery occurred a short time later at 2003 NW Cary Parkway.

The Cary Police Department is working with Raleigh police in connection with the incidents.

The suspect was wearing a mask during all three robberies. It’s not clear if the suspect had a weapon.

Mona Pita has a surveillance video system but it had been shut down as it was closing time.

There is no word on if anyone was injured during the robberies.

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