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Police: Pizza Hut robbery could be connected to others

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UPDATE: Deputies are investigating two armed robberies in one week at the same Walker County gas station.

Both robberies happened early in the morning at the Kangaroo on Kay Conley Road in Rock Spring. Both times, the suspect had a knife and made the clerk lie down in a back room before leaving the store.

"Most likely, he had been in that store many, many times," said Walker Co. Sheriff Steve Wilson.

Now, deputies might be able to tie the suspect to a third armed robbery that happened at a Pizza Hut in Lafayette.

Police arrested 52-year-old Herman Teem in connection to the Pizza Hut robbery on Saturday night.

"I was coming back from a delivery. I pulled up and heard all the girls in a commotion in the corner. I asked them what was going on, and they said I think we're getting robbed," said delivery driver Tyler Morris.

The suspect held several workers at knife point before taking cash from the register.

"He had an 8-inch-long butcher's knife," Morris said.

According to employees, the man was wearing a hoodie, sunglasses, and latex gloves, with a cloth over his face.

When Morris ran outside to call 911, he saw the suspect run to a nearby neighborhood before speeding away in an older white Mustang.

"He hauled out like a bat out of hell," Morris said.

When police stopped Herman Teem, driving a couple miles north of the Pizza Hut, they realized he looked familiar from surveillance video that captured the robberies at the gas station.

"The suspect in those robberies fit the physical description and characteristics of the perpetrator we had arrested," said Lafayette Police Capt. Stacey Meeks.

Once Teem was in custody, Meeks said investigators recognized his voice.

"From listening to him speak, comparing it to what we had heard in the security video, it sounded like the same guy to us," he said.

"We feel that there's a high probability that there may be a connection there," Wilson said.

Teem is being held in the Walker County Jail. Additional charges could be filed if investigators determine that the robberies were related.

PREVIOUS STORY: The Kangaroo convenience store located at 118 Kay Conley Road in Walker County, has been robbed for a second time in a week.

Walker County Sheriff's Office said in both robberies, the suspect used a knife demanding money and then made the store clerk lie down in a back room before he left the store. 

Police said the suspect described as a white male 5'8'' wearing a dark blue zip up sweatshirt, red or orange toboggan, blue jeans, white tennis shoes and gloves; the suspect's face was covered, entered the Kangaroo store in the early morning hours of April 3rd. 

On Saturday morning, around 7 a.m., a suspect entered the store described as a 5'7'' male about 150 pounds wearing a dark green hoodie, dark sunglasses, blue jeans, white tennis shoes, white gloves, and possibly a black ski mask. 

During both robberies, the suspect is seen on the store parking lot camera walking away from Kay Conley Road and leaving walking towards Long Hollow Road. No vehicles were seen. 

The suspect is believed to live in the area or possibly parking nearby and walking to the robbery location.

Anyone with information is asked to call Walker County Det. Sgt. Andy Cash at 706-638-1909 or Walker County 911 at 706-375-7810.

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