North Carolina police are looking for a knife-wielding woman who climbed out of the drive-thru window of a Taco Bell and stole a cash drawer from the cash register.
The Winston-Salem Police Department responded at 4:24 p.m. Saturday to a report of an armed robbery at the restaurant at 345 Akron Drive, according to a press release issued by the department.
Investigators said the suspect was “waving a knife” as she entered through the restaurant’s drive-thru window, where she was able to retrieve a cash register drawer during the incident.
Police described the suspect as a woman in her 40s, wearing a green shirt and holding a “large knife”.
The woman escaped with an unknown amount of cash after fleeing in a brown SUV waiting in the area.
Taco Bell employees were not injured in the incident, police said.
“No additional information is available at this time,” according to the press release.
The investigation is still ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or use the department’s Text-A-Tip program at (336) 276-1717.
Advice can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at (336) 727-2800 or online.
The Taco Bell theft is one of many criminal incidents at restaurants in recent weeks in Winston-Salem, a municipality in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, as well as across the United States.
According to WFMY News 2, a firefighter was shot and another man was injured on March 26 outside Kermit’s hot dog house at 2200 Thomasville Road.
Ross Michael Flynt and other firefighters were on duty eating outside, and the second victim, Patrick Dawarde Carter, had just left with his food when someone in a blue car shot at customers before fleeing the premises.
Both victims survived and police arrested Elijah Tyshawn Stanton, 18, of High Point, and Kristan Jevon Allen, 21, of Winston-Salem, along with Keon Rush, 18, identified as the driver of the blue car .
Stanton and Allen were charged with assault with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily harm with intent to kill as well as discharging a firearm into an occupied property.
Other violent driving incidents have occurred in recent months at fast food restaurants.
On March 31, the Dallas Police Department investigated the shooting death of a 19-year-old at a drive-thru in Raising Cane, where Zuri Andrew Goff was shot multiple times while seated in a car.
That report followed several others, including one in January at a Missouri McDonald’s where an employee was shot and injured in a discount dispute.
And in Los Angeles in January, a Taco Bell customer fatally shot an employee who refused to pay counterfeit money.