Since September, at least 15 Philadelphia fast-food restaurants have been robbed, says the Philadelphia Daily news. Police suspect that most hold-ups were committed by different, yet bold, fast-food robbers. One bandit didn’t go inside the restaurant. He just walked up to the drive-through window for a wad of fast cash. “They are targets of opportunity,” said police Capt. John Gallagher unit. “These patterns with fast-food restaurants pop up on a regular basis.”
In three armed robberies, three men arrived while the restaurant was nearly empty – either late at night or early in the morning. They threatened the manager and demanded money from the safe. One of the bandits had a rifle or shotgun, police said. Investigators described the group as being “uncharacteristically well-organized.” Fast-food restaurants are popular with thieves because employees are usually young and there is cash on hand. Detectives said that many fast-food restaurants are robbed by people with inside information about where money is, how to avoid being seen by security cameras and when the best time is to strike.