One man responsible for Mesa Pizza Hut, Subway robberies?

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

MESA, Ariz. -- Police are trying to determine if the same man is behind robberies at a Pizza Hut and a Subway, both of which happened within days of each other.

The first incident happened Thursday at the Pizza Hut near Baseline and Ellsworth roads.

According to police, the suspect was armed when he walked in and demanded money from the cashier. Witnesses saw him leave the scene in a vehicle after taking an undisclosed amount of money.

On Sunday, a suspect with a similar description walked into a Subway restaurant near Signal Butte and Baseline roads, about 2.3 miles -- just three minutes by car -- from the Pizza Hut.

Police said the man ordered a sandwich and as soon as he got it, pointed a gun at the cashier and demanded money.

Investigators have not definitively connected the two robberies, but they said the suspect descriptions are similar.

In each of the robberies, witnesses described the suspect as a while male who appeared to be between 50 and 60 years old with a heavyset build. He had gray hair and a gray beard, and was wearing a dark T-shirt.

Police say surveillance video from the Subway robbery shows a man who matches the description given by witnesses.

In both instances, the suspect was wielding a black handgun. Nobody was injured in either incident.

Witnesses from the Pizza Hut robbery said the suspect left in an older model white truck with a tinted rear window. It's not clear if anybody saw the truck's license plate.

If you know anything about either of these robberies, you're asked to call the Mesa Police department at 480-644-2211 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (948-6377), 1-800-343-TIPS (8477) or 480-TESTIGO (837-8446).