Orange Plaza Applebee’s Robbed at Gunpoint Early ThursdayAug 16th, 2012 | By Jay Long | Category: Lead Article
Town of Wallkill police are searching for a man who robbed the Applebee’s located in the Orange Plaza after closing early Thursday.
Police say that shortly before 3:00 AM Thursday morning, two Applebee’s employees were closing when a man armed with a handgun grabbed one of them outside the front door. The employee forced the worker back inside the restaurant and demanded he open the sage. He was able to get away with an undisclosed amount of cash. He was last seen leaving the scene towards Home Depot. The employee suffered a minor injury during the robbery.
The suspect is described as a stocky black man, wearing a red shirt, long khaki shorts, and a black do rag (bandana). He is believed to be between the ages of 25 to 30 and approximately 5’8″ tall.
This robbery comes less than two weeks after a Town of Newburgh Applebee’s was robbed in much the same fashion. On August 4 a manager closing the Applebee’s on Route 300 in Newburgh was forced back into the store where he was ordered to turn over cash. The robber was armed and forced the manager into a walk-in cooler before fleeing the scene. That suspect was described as a black man weighing 200 pounds wearing a grey tank top and cargo shorts.
Officials believe the two robberies could be connected. Town of Wallkill Police have contacted Town of Newburgh Detectives in regard to this incident.
Town of Wallkill police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call the detective bureau at 845.692.6757.
Anyone with information in regard to the Town of Newburgh robbery are asked to call 845.564.1100