Woodway Department of Public Safety officers and Waco police are investigating a possible connection between an armed robbery of a Jack in the Box restaurant Wednesday night in Woodway and similar robberies in Waco, authorities said.

Woodway officers were called to the fast-food restaurant at about 11 p.m. after a man walked into the business and demanded money from two cashiers. Public Safety Director Yost Zakhary said a man wearing a “Scream” mask that was painted black pointed a gun at a clerk’s face and ordered the cashiers to give him all the cash in the register.

Zakhary said no customers were in the restaurant at the time, and the store was preparing to close. He said the description of the suspect is similar to the suspect who robbed a Dollar General at 205 E. Waco Drive on Oct. 24 and Johnny’s Food Mart at 1824 Richter Ave. on Oct. 23.

Zakhary said Woodway and Waco police made a traffic stop Thursday afternoon in the 1800 block of N. Valley Mills Drive and identified at least two witnesses in connection to the robberies. No arrests were made, and the investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to contact Waco Crime Stoppers at 753-4357 or the Woodway Department of Public Safety at 772-4470.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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