Police beef up patrols around fast food chains

7:46 PM, Nov 20, 2012   |    comments
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By Sharon Stevens

St. Louis (KSDK) - St. Louis police are beefing up patrols around fast food chains. The decision comes after two robberies in less than two weeks at two different White Castle locations.

The latest incident occurred early Tuesday morning at the White Castle on Kingshighway at Natural Bridge.

Surveillance video shows that just before 12:30 a.m. a man armed with a shotgun stuck up the place and took an undetermined amount of cash.

A frightened cashier handed him the cash drawer.

No one was injured, and police are still reviewing the footage.

Police say in November, two men with a handgun robbed a White Castle on South Kingshighway.

Two Imo's Pizza drivers were robbed and killed in St. Louis County during a six month period.

The Missouri Restaurant Association offers safety advice and training for restaurant workers, especially those that, like White Castle, are open late at night.

"IF they have the right safety equipment with the surveillance and your camera systems, installing your panic button in your walk-in coolers and freezers, obviously putting your employees through robbery safety training of some sort, and having guidelines to follow if certain situations take place, I don't see it's necessary that they do need to close," said Jess Swope, with the Missouri Restaurant Association.

In a statement, White Castle officials said, "Our #1 priority in serving our communities."

They also said the safety of customers and team members is important and they've invested "in state-of-the-art security systems and work closely with local law enforcement teams."

Police say there's no indication the two White Castle crimes are related.


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