Robbers target at least 10 Waffle Houses

NORCROSS -- Police believe an armed duo is behind at least 10 Waffle House robberies in metro Atlanta in recent weeks, including stick-ups at two Gwinnett restaurants.

Captured in multiple surveillance images, the duo typically place a to-go order then pull a handgun as Waffle House employees open registers. They tend to strike between 2 and 5 a.m. any day of the week, and have been known to go it alone, said Norcross police Sgt. Bill Grogan.

No injuries have been reported in heists linked to the same two men in Gwinnett, Henry, DeKalb and possibly Clayton counties, along with the city of Doraville, Grogan said. One of the first robberies targeted a Norcross Waffle House at 5122 Brookhollow Parkway on July 31, he said.

"Every time they're pulling a handgun," Grogan said. "They're basically using the gun as a scare tactic. They're very patient, waiting for the register to open on its own."

Investigators believe the robbers are parking their get-away vehicle in nearby parking lots. Witness descriptions of that vehicle have varied, enough that police believe more than one car may have been used to flee, Grogan said.

Grogan described the suspects as black males, in their 20s or early 30s. One is taller (about 6 feet 1 inches) and thinner than his stockier partner, who stands about 5 feet 9 inches tall.

No evidence suggests the robbers have been involved in another metro-wide string of restaurant robberies targeting mostly Burger King eateries, Grogan said.

"We've compared video and it's not the Burger King guy," he said. "It's totally different."

Police advise calling 911 if the suspects are spotted. Tips can be left at the Norcross police tip line, 770-448-6457.