Police seek prolific Burger King bandit

Footage shows the suspect in a string of Burger King robberies. 

Footage shows the suspect in a string of Burger King robberies. 

LAWRENCEVILLE — Investigators believe one man is behind a wave of fast food restaurant robberies in metro Atlanta that’s targeted 20 Burger Kings, six in Gwinnett County.

Gwinnett police on Tuesday asked for the public’s help in identifying the oft-masked bandit, who’s singled himself out, in part, by using the same huge semi-automatic handgun in each heist.

“The gun really is abnormally large,” said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith.

The robbery wave started in late April in Clayton County, and since has affected eateries in Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties. The trend has also included multiple KFC and Taco Bell locations. Though the gunman orders everyone onto the floor at gunpoint, no injuries have been reported.

Police officials said he typically strikes in the early morning, as the restaurants are opening for the day. He enters unmasked but slips into the bathroom and dons a ski mask, officials said.

Typical hauls have been between $300 and $1,000 from safes and cash registers at each eatery, police said.

Police described the suspect as a muscular black man, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, with short hair, diamond earrings and tattoos on possibly one or both forearms. Witnesses have reported him leaving robbery scenes in a 1997 to 2002 two-toned, black-and-gray Buick Regal GS.

Gwinnett police ask anyone with information in the case to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477)

Burger King Corporate will contribute $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case, police said.