A string of Colorado Springs chain restaurants was targeted in a robbery spree late Thursday.
The robberies began about 8:45 p.m. at the Subway at 7935 Constitution Ave.
"I was washing dishes, and a coworker of mine was running the front. Two guys came in, one over our bread, pointing BB guns at us and threatening to shoot us, threatening to shoot my coworker if we didn't open the safe," Gregory Conner told Gazette news partner KKTV.
Conner told KKTV the robber only took his $1 tip when the employees could not open the safe.
"They're very, very adamant about getting to some kind of money. So bad to where they stole my dollar tip [chuckles]. They didn't really take anything else," he said.
Nearly 45 minutes later, two men armed with handguns burst into the Texas Roadhouse at 3120 N. Powers Blvd. They demanded the hostess empty the cash register into a bag but fled in a small black sedan before any of the money could be transferred.
Police describe both men as tall and slender, one of whom was wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and a black bandana and the other wearing a gray sweatshirt with a green shirt over it and white sunglasses.
Crooks then targeted the Domino's Pizza at 5168 N. Academy Blvd. about 15 minutes later, KKTV reported. Police have not released any details about the incident there.
The string of robberies ended two hours later at a Papa John's near North Union Boulevard and East Monument Street. Sgt. Jim Jeffcoat said two men who were dressed in all black and had their faces covered entered through the back door, approached the register and demanded money while threatening employees with what appeared to be handguns.
The robbers fled with an unspecified amount of cash in a small sedan in an unknown direction.
As in the Subway and Texas Roadhouse robberies, the men were armed, but Jeffcoat told KKTV the guns could have been replicas or BB guns.
"But they looked real enough that our victims here believed they were real and obeyed their directions and orders," Jeffcoat said, adding that a third person was with the pair but stayed in the car.
Police have not definitively linked the robberies, though certain details about the four cases overlap. In three of the four, employees reported seeing the robbers with handguns or BB guns and with their faces covered by bandanas or masks.
If you have any information that can help police in these cases, contact CSPD at 444-7000 or Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.