Monday, February 13, 2006

Webb’s robbery Cedarburg's

CEDARBURG - In the city’s second armed robbery in less than a week, a man wielding a semi-automatic handgun held up the George Webb Restaurant just before 5 a.m. Friday.
According to police, two employees were in the all-night restaurant when the suspect came in the back door of the restaurant and demanded money. The suspect grabbed money from a tip jar and then ordered one of the employees to open the cash register, said Police Chief Tom Frank. The suspect made off with about $150, Frank said. The employees - a man, 30, and a woman, 24 - were not hurt in the incident.

Frank said a customer was in the restaurant while the employees and robber were in the back, but was in a corner of the restaurant and did not know what was transpiring.
The suspect was wearing a knit cap pulled down over his eyebrows and a dark mask up over his nose. He is described as possibly a light-skinned African American, in his mid-20s, thin and about 5 feet, 7 inches tall. Witnesses say he was wearing black jeans, black shoes and a black jacket, possibly with sports decals.

"We do have some leads that we’re investigating," Frank said. "I hope we can solve this quickly."

Police are also investigating the possibility that the robbery was committed by the same person who robbed a 47-year-old Cedarburg man two days earlier. In that case, the victim was riding his bike on the Interurban Trail about 4:15 a.m. when he was stopped by a man dressed in dark clothing who demanded his money. Instead of handing over his money, the man scuffled with the robber before being hit on the head. Police later found on the ground the barrel of an Airsoft pellet gun, which police determined was used to strike the victim.

Frank said there are similarities in the two robberies, including the time of day and the proximity. In the first case, the victim was just south of Alyce Street on his way to George Webb Restaurant.

"Certainly we’re looking at the connection," Frank said.

The two robberies in quick succession early in the year follow a year in which the city saw no reported robberies. In Friday’s case, police called the Mequon and Grafton police departments for assistance, as well as the Glendale Police Department’s canine unit. Although the suspect fled on foot out the back door of the restaurant, the police dog was unable to track a scent, Frank said.

In the meantime, police are stepping up patrols in the area.

"In the last couple days, we have been down there a lot," Frank said.
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