Police search near Northway Mall for Burger King robber

Casey Grove
Anchorage police officers investigate the scene of an armed robbery at the Burger King restaurant on Penland Parkway in east Anchorage, AK on Friday, January 11, 2013. 130111
Bob Hallinen
Anchorage police officers respond to an armed robbery at the Burger King restaurant on Penland Parkway in east Anchorage, AK on Friday, January 11, 2013. 130111
Bob Hallinen

A robber with a gun stole a small amount of money from a Burger King restaurant Friday morning in East Anchorage, according to police.

A Caucasian man wearing a mask and a black, hooded sweatshirt and all-black clothing walked into the Burger King at 700 Northway Drive and demanded money, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. The man brandished a handgun and employees gave him cash, Shell said. Nobody was injured, she said.

A Burger King employee called 911 to report the robbery at about 10:10 a.m., Shell said. Police officers could be seen parked on nearby roads in a perimeter. Officers scoured the area to the west of the restaurant for the suspect, Shell said. Several officers and a police dog searched the nearby Penland Mobile Home Park but they were unable to find the suspect, she said. Police called off the search at about 11:45 a.m., Shell said.

Police ask that anyone with information on the robber call 786-8900.

The robbery comes after back-to-back morning stickups at two other chain restaurants in Anchorage.

An armed man wearing a mask and dark clothing who was initially described as Hispanic stole a small amount of money from a Subway sandwich shop at 6110 Old Seward Highway on Jan. 2, police said. The next morning, police said, a man wearing similar dark clothes robbed a Pizza Hut at 118 E. Sixth Ave.

Shell, the police spokeswoman, said it is unclear if any of the robberies are related.


By CASEY GROVE
casey.grove@adn.com