Kinston Police Looking If Two Restaurant Robberies Connected

Investigators are checking whether armed robberies at two restaurants Sunday night are connected.

Kinston police released surveillance video from one of those robberies, hoping someone might recognize the two men.

The first robbery happened at the Wok N Roll Restaurant on North Herritage Street around 5:35 p.m. In that case, two black men came into the business. Police say the man wearing a red ball cap pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded that she open the cash register. The other man, who had a blue bandanna on, then removed the cash from the register.

A customer in the restaurant was also robbed of his wallet.

About an hour later, King's Restaurant on Highway 70 was also held up. Police say two black men came in, one wearing a blue jacket and a red ball cap. The other man had a handgun and cash was also taken in that robbery.

If anyone has information on the identity of those in the surveillance photos, they are asked to call the Kinston Police TIPS Line at (252) 939-4020.

Last month, the Wok N Roll was robbed by three masked gunmen. Surveillance video then showed between seven and ten customers, along with five employees, making a panicked run for the front door while the gunmen cleaned out the register. People tried to get out so quickly that several of them fell down, including a child.

No arrests have been made in that December 3rd armed robbery.

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