NOPD investigates 6 business robberies since Thursday

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A convenience store cashier had just opened up the Discount Zone at Esplanade and Claiborne Wednesday morning, when a man came in and asked to buy two cigars.

"I opened around 4:45 and I made coffee and stuff. It's what I do every morning," the cashier said. "So, I opened up the register. This guy points a gun at me and says, 'give me the money.' I said, 'hold on.'"

The victim turned over the cash, but said it was clear that the gunman was nervous.

"I tell him, 'you want me to put it in the bag or do you want me to put it in your hand?' He told me, 'put it in my hand.' This guy was nervous. He was holding the gun like that, like he was scared," the cashier said.

After getting the cash, the gunman fled on foot. This armed robbery happened about eight hours after suspect Kenneth Rodgers allegedly robbed Krystal Burger at gunpoint on South Claiborne. Police are still searching for Rodgers.

Krystal Burger is the fifth fast food armed robbery since Thursday. Police investigated an armed robbery at Rally's on North Galvez Street and then Wendy's on St. Charles Avenue. Two McDonald's locations were also hit. In both cases, police said the robber shot out the front door before rushing in.

"He shot it out and went in. The cashier heard the gunshot and was saying, 'please don't shoot me, please don't shoot me.' He said, 'I'm looking for the manager.' He went to the back of the store and had a gun pointed to the manager's back and demanded that she open the safe for him," an employee said.

The employee, who is not being identified, works at the McDonald's on the I-10 Service Road in New Orleans East. He said the armed robbery left fellow employees on edge.

"The crew was so shaken up. One of them ran and left the premises," the employee said.

Three days later, a gunman robbed the McDonald's in the 3000 block of Elysian Fields, once again shooting out the front door. Police believe the same man is responsible for both McDonald's robberies.

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