Police look for armed robbery suspect who returned 3 times in 5 hours

Honolulu police are asking for the public’s help to identify an armed robbery suspect.

Police say on Wednesday, June 27, at about 10:30 p.m., a man on a moped went to the drive thru window of Jack in the Box in Stadium Mall and purchased food.

Then at 2:45 a.m., about four hours later, a man wearing a mask and the same clothing as the moped rider approached the drive thru window armed with a rifle. He tried to break open the cash register, but the rifle broke and the man left to pick up the pieces.

When he came back, he forced an employee to open the register, grabbed the money, and ran away.

Christina Lynes has been working in the shopping center for over a decade, and says it’s patrolled by a security guard 24 hours a day.

“As long as I’ve worked here, it’s been pretty safe,” Lynes said. “I mean other than this Jack-in-the-Box thing happening, I’ve never really had any problems. We, individually, I have never been caught up in a situation like that.”

Just over a week later on July 5, police say a man in a ski mask tried to rob the Jack in the Box at Moanalua Shopping Center.

Like the robbery in Salt lake, police say the man pointed a gun and tried to open the register when the employee ran. He left empty-handed, and no one was hurt.

If you have any information on this case, you can send it anonymously to CrimeStoppers at this link, and be eligible for a reward if your tip leads to an arrest.

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