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Waffle House robbery suspects caught in Alabama

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

CALERA, ALA. -- Two men arrested Saturday in Central Alabama are suspects in a two-week spree of Waffle House robberies that included 18 locations of the widespread breakfast chain.

The men were picked up by the City of Calera Police Department shortly after an early morning Waffle House robbery in Calera, Ala., said Sgt. Bill Grogan with the Norcross Police Department.

No victims were injured in the robbery, which occurred about 4:15 a.m., Grogan said.

With robberies as recent as Friday at a Stone Mountain eatery, authorities have said suspects struck between 2 and 5 a.m., typically the slowest times at the restaurants.

Grogan said Saturday's arrest came after "a short foot pursuit" by law enforcement officials in Calera.

"We have confirmed they are the same two male suspects wanted in the metro-Atlanta Waffle House robberies," said Grogan, who added that the statement extended to recent Gwinnett County incidents.

Edwin Mitchell, 21, and DeAngelo Heard, 19, both of Ellenwood, are being held at the Shelby County Jail in Alabama.

A robbery Friday afternoon at a U.S. Highway 78 and Rockbridge Road Waffle House in Stone Mountain marked the second in county police jurisdiction in the past couple weeks.

About 5 a.m. Friday an employee at the restaurant was outside on break when a man with a shirt tied around his face approached, cocked a handgun and said, "You better run before I kill you," according to a Gwinnett police report.

The employee ran inside and informed a co-worker of the situation. Both fled out the back door and climbed a ladder to the building's roof. Surveillance video showed the robber and another man enter the restaurant, try to open a register and then flee with only a laptop belonging to an employee, the report stated.

One of the first robberies targeted a Norcross Waffle House at 5122 Brookhollow Parkway on July 31, police said.

-- Staff Writer Josh Green contributed to this report.