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Police search for snatch-and-dash robber

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Surveillance footage from the Burger King shows the suspect grab cash from the register then run. (Union Public Safety Dept.) Surveillance footage from the Burger King shows the suspect grab cash from the register then run. (Union Public Safety Dept.)
UNION, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Police with the Union Public Safety Department are investigating two fast food robberies where someone orders food then snatches cash from the register before running away.

On May 12, police said a man walked into the KFC-Taco Bell on the N. Duncan Bypass and stole money from the cash register.

Officers said about 9:30 p.m. the man ordered two KFC snackers totaling $2.57 and handed the cashier $5. Police said when she opened the register the man grabbed a handful of $20 bills then ran out of the restaurant.

"It's still bad down here, but it just depends on what type of people goes in and comes out," said Chad Tucker on Monday.

Tucker was shopping at K.C. Solo Mart, a store located just down the street from both fast food restaurants. He lives in the area and said he isn't surprised by the robbery. He said there are good and bad people everywhere.

"It's just the people," said Tucker.

Police said on May 19, a quick-handed thief ordered two Whopper Jr.'s  from the Burger King on the N. Duncan Bypass. They said he handed the clerk $5.50 to pay for the sandwiches and surveillance video shows he made his move once the register popped open.

The clerk told police the robber ran from the store. Police called in a K-9 unit to track the robber's scent, which led them to a nearby Subway, where they lost it.

"It's scary actually," said Dharmik Naik, a store clerk at the K.C. Solo Mart said. "It just happened right down the road you never know it might happen right now in this gas station."

So, although he's busy helping customers, he's also watching.

"Whoever comes into the store we're always keeping an eye on them no matter who it is, just to be on the safe side," Naik said. 

According to an incident report, it didn't appear that the robber had a weapon. Now, police want to know if the same robber hit both restaurants.

If you have any information, you're asked to call the Union Public Safety Department.

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