The first incident began around 8:40 p.m. when a man entered a Burger King on the 600 block of Broad Street in Elyria, holding a black plastic bag wrapped around what he claimed was a gun, Elyria Police Lt. Bill Pelko said.
The man told Burger King manager Daffine Thomas to give him money from the register. Thomas said she refused, saying that she didn’t think the man was carrying a gun in the plastic bag.
“I went with my own instincts,” Thomas said, adding that it looked as though the man was holding the bag over two fingers, pretending he had a gun, rather than carrying an actual firearm. “He was fidgeting around… I was watching his hand movements.”
When Thomas called the man’s bluff, the man left, saying that he was going to return with a gun, Thomas said. Police arrived at the scene at 8:50 p.m. and the man never returned.
The second incident had a different result.
Almost an hour later, around 9:40 p.m., a man entered a Marathon Gas Station on 803 West River Road North carrying a bag and a handgun, Pelko said. The man demanded money from the clerk who gave him an undisclosed amount, police said, and then the suspect ran off.
Pelko said police are actively investigating both the robbery and the attempted robbery. However, Pelko said, they do not think the two incidents were connected because the descriptions of the two men do not match.
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