Greenville police are investigating a series of armed robberies in the city and considering the armed attacks their top priority.
On Saturday, an employee at the Burger King restaurant on 10th street was robbed at gunpoint. Greenville police spokesman Sgt. Carlton Williams says the gunman jumped out from the bushes as the employees arrived to open the store around 5:00 AM. He forced the person inside and stole an undisclosed amount of cash.
On Sunday night a woman inside the lobby of the Courtyard by Marriott hotel was held up by two men. One gunman had a handgun, the other an unknown weapon.
Police say the woman's purse was stolen and then the clerk was asked to open the cash drawer. No word on how much money was taken.
Sgt. Williams says they're looking into whether these cases are related to a similar armed robbery at the Burger King on North Memorial Drive and Highway 33 Thursday night. In that case,
Sergeant Joe Friday says one of the gunmen had a sawed-off shotgun and the other a handgun. Friday believes the two men hid in the restaurant and waited for it to close before coming out and pointing weapons at the employees.
The gunmen ushered the three to four employees into a storage closet and then went to the manager's office where they stole several cash drawers. Friday says they then ran out the back door.