Fire damages Hardee's

STONE MOUNTAIN - A fire at a Hardee's restaurant Monday caused minor damage to the building and sent two employees to the hospital with injuries.

Firefighters who were dispatched at 1:57 p.m. to 5259 Stone Mountain Highway arrived to find heavy smoke showing from the roof. A fire that began in the women's restroom extended to the roof, forcing firefighters to begin opening up a wall to attack the blaze.

The bulk of the fire was extinguished by 2:11 p.m., said Tommy Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department. There was moderate damage to an exterior wall, and a man and woman employee were transported to Eastside Medical Center for evaluation.

The employees are going to be OK, Rutledge said. The restaurant was expected to reopen today.

Snellville Bank of America robbed

SNELLVILLE - An unidentified man on Friday robbed the Bank of America at 910 Athens Highway.

The suspect walked into the bank at 4:10 p.m. wearing sunglasses and a helmet with the visor down, according to police reports. He approached a bank teller and handed her a note stating he wanted money and he had a gun.

The robber then reached across the counter and started grabbing money from the drawer. He took about $300 along with three exploding dye packs and placed it into a blue bag, according to police reports.

The suspect ran out the front of the bank and into the woods nearby. He was described as a white man with brown hair wearing a yellow shirt.

Hotel robbed by armed man

NORCROSS - The Amerisuites hotel was robbed Saturday by a gloved man wearing a red hooded shirt with a red cloth across his face.

The suspect entered the lobby by forcing open the automatic doors at 2:30 a.m. and approached the desk. He pulled out a handgun, pointed it at an employee and demanded cash, according to police reports. After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, the man ran outside and fled in an unknown direction.

He is described as a white man between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 130 to 150 pounds. Police are analyzing surveillance video from the hotel.

- From staff reports