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Waveland police investigating robbery at Taco Bell

Hancock County deputies and Waveland police were at the scene of an armed robbery at Taco Bell on U.S. 90 Thursday morning.
Hancock County deputies and Waveland police were at the scene of an armed robbery at Taco Bell on U.S. 90 Thursday morning. Sea Coast Echo

An armed robber forced his way into a Taco Bell on U.S. 90 by ambushing an employee who was opening the fast-food restaurant Thursday morning.

The robbery occurred at about 6 a.m., an hour before the restaurant was set to open, Assistant Police Chief Mike Pendergrast said.

The robber was apparently casing the restaurant, waiting for the first employee to arrive and unlock the door, Pendergrast said.

“A Taco Bell worker was attempting to enter the store to get it ready to open, and someone forced their way in behind her,” he said.

Armed with a handgun, the suspect demanded cash from the store’s register. The employee complied and the robber fled with the cash, Pendergrast said.

He would not say how much money was taken, only that it was not very much.

The robber was last seen heading east on U.S. 90 in a silver and blue Mazda. The Waveland Taco Bell is on U.S. 90 just west of Mississippi 603.

Police detectives are reviewing the store’s surveillance footage and have developed some promising leads, Pendergrast said Thursday afternoon.

He said the department hopes to release more information on Friday.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

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