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East TN sees several restaurant robberies; police say not uncommon this time of year

5:59 PM, Jan 3, 2013   |    comments
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Investigators in Knox and Blount counties continue to search for suspects in two separate armed robberies at fast food restaurants.

A man robbed the Krystal restaurant on White Crest Drive in Maryville shortly after 5 o'clock Wednesday evening. Employees told police the man claimed to have a gun and demanded money.

He left in a white Ford sedan, believed to be driven by a woman. No customers were in the store at the time, and no one was hurt.

In a separate incident in Knoxville, a suspect went into the Subway on Merchants Drive with a knife just before 9:30 p.m. and demanded money. No one was hurt.

East Tennessee has seen a number of robberies at restaurants in recent weeks, but authorities say that's not unusual for this time of year, and there's no reason to believe the incidents are connected.

"Typically, this time of year, we do see an increase in the number of robberies. We see an increase in several types of property crimes because of the season. And you know something that we would certainly recommend to anyone, whether you're working at a business or you're a patron at a business, and someone comes in to rob the business, if they come to you and they're demanding your wallet or cell phone or whatever, comply with their demands. You can replace a wallet, you can replace a cell phone, but you can't replace your life," said Darrell DeBusk, Knoxville Police Dept. spokesman.

If you have any information on Wednesday's robberies, you're asked to contact the Maryville Police Department at (865) 273-3700 or the Knoxville Police Department at (865) 215-7000.

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