Three Church’s Chicken robberies possibly related, police say

Kansas City police believe that two robberies and one attempted robbery of area chicken restaurants this month are related.

Shots were fired during the most recent robbery attempt of a Church’s Chicken on Monday night, but no one was injured.

Two of the robberies occurred in south Kansas City and one in Raytown.

The first happened about 6:45 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Church’s Chicken at 9325 Blue Ridge Blvd. A lone gunman armed with a large, black semi-automatic handgun took money from a cashier and fled into the parking lot of a nearby apartment complex.

Later that night, about 9:15 p.m., two suspects walked into the Church’s Chicken at 9310 E. Missouri 350 in Raytown. One was armed with a black handgun and stole a customer’s wallet and money from a cash register. The second suspect appeared to act as a look out, police said.

In the Monday night incident, a lone suspect armed with a .45-caliber handgun attempted to rob the Church’s Chicken at 11500 Blue Ridge Blvd. The suspect fired three shots towards employees when they did not hand over the money quickly enough. No one was hurt and the gunman left without any money.

Police posted surveillance-camera video from one of the robberies on YouTube:

Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.