LINCOLN — An armed robber purporting to be a desperate dad might actually be a liar on the lam.
Clerks at south Lincoln restaurants reported last week they were robbed at gunpoint by a man who claimed he was stealing cash to help his children.
The first robbery occurred shortly before 10 p.m. Nov. 6 at a Subway restaurant. The man, armed with a handgun, repeatedly said “he had kids to feed,” according to Officer Katie Flood, spokeswoman for the Lincoln Police Department.
The second robbery took place two days later at a Juice Stop. After getting cash, the robber said, “You just saved my kid's life.”
Although it's not clear if the robberies were pulled off by the same suspect, the clerks gave similar descriptions of a man in his early or mid-20s with a slender build, brown or dark eyes, between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-11.
“We do not know his exact intentions,” Flood said. “He may claim that the money shall be used to support children just to garner sympathy or to justify his actions.”
Pastor Tom Barber, director of the People's City Mission in Lincoln, said he would apply healthy skepticism to the robber's claim. Between government services and private charities, a family in crisis can always find enough food and clothing in Lincoln.
“He's either not very well-informed, or he's not telling the truth,” Barber said Tuesday.
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