Fairbanks police seek suspects in latest robberies

Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A teen-ager walked up to the drive-through window of a Taco Bell on Thursday, used a gun to threaten a clerk, and escaped with an undisclosed sum on the back of a four-wheeler.

It was the area's fifth armed robbery in two weeks.

Fairbanks police said the 16- to 19-year-old male with blond, spiked hair walked up to the window of the restaurant, flashed the handgun and demanded money.

After the clerk handed over cash from the cash register, the robber ran to where a friend was waiting on the four-wheeler and the two sped off.

Robbers hit two other businesses Tuesday. In the early morning hours, a man in his late teens or early 20s robbed a gas station on the west side of Fairbanks. That night, two men entered a Williams Express convenience story, flashed a handgun and demanded money.

On Aug. 7, Fairbanks arrested a man leaving a liquor store in a taxi after a robbery. The man is a suspect in the robbery of a Safeway grocery store Aug. 5.

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