Two armed robberies at Cedar Rapids businesses within two weeks have not yet been arrested

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – Seven Cedar Rapids businesses have been robbed with guns in the past two weeks.

The last one took place last night at the Metro, Gateway Place SW, this place has already been reached twice, earlier on November 17th. This was followed by Hy-Vee on Oakland Road, which was robbed on the 19th, Perkins on the SW side was robbed on 25 small Caesars, and Hy-Vee on Mount Vernon Road was robbed on the 27th, finally 28 they robbed the Hy-Vee Drugstore on 6th Street in SW before they hit the subway for the second time last night. .

“Businesses are already struggling, and frankly, it’s not like they’re getting that much cash from a subway,” said Jamie Pechota, head of the subway site concerned.

Pechota said her 15-year-old daughter worked on the records both times when they were robbed of a gun.

“It’s just awesome,” Pechota said. – Just thinking how much worse it could be.

No one was physically injured during the robberies, but emotionally, it taxed the employees involved.

“It took a few days, about a week, before he wanted to go back to work,” Pechota said.

All robberies occurred after dark, the earliest being at 16:53 at Hy-Vee Pharmacy, SW 6th Street. The last time was at 22:27 on Mount Vernon Road at Hy-Vee.

“We’re changing our hours, now we close at 6 p.m. So, yes, in the long run, this is even more detrimental to businesses, but that’s the only thing we think we need to do now to keep employees and customers, everyone, safe. Pechota said.

The Metro also does not accept cash. An inscription was inscribed which made it clear that there was no cash on the spot.

Police have so far not released any images or surveillance videos of any robberies. Most of them similarly vaguely describe the suspect, who is said to have been a black man in a black hood, black face mask. A more specific description was given of the Perkins robbery, namely: that suspect was described as 20-30 years old and 5 feet 8 inches tall, thin-bodied.

Police say there may be a link between some of the robberies, but they have even more investigations. So far no arrests have been made.

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