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Surveillance footage of the person accused of robbing a Hammond KFC on Saturday.

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HAMMOND — Police believe the same man could be behind a recent string of fast-food stickups in the area. 

The suspect's spree began Saturday afternoon when he held up the KFC on 169th Street in Hammond, police said.

On Tuesday, the suspect targeted the Burger King, 1817 Indianapolis Blvd., in Whiting, at about 5:45 p.m. Later that night, at about 8:50 p.m., he tried to rob Subway, 1451 Indianapolis Blvd., in Whiting, but left the store before getting any cash. 

In the first armed robbery, the suspect entered KFC at about 2:05 p.m. Saturday and handed a note to the cashier demanding money. The man then raised his shirt, displaying a handgun, prompting the employee to remove the cash register and allowing the suspect to empty it.

The suspect was wearing a black Northwestern University hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses and a black mask at the time of the robbery, police said. 

Anyone with information about these crimes should call Detective Sgt. Stephen Guernsey at 219-852-2978. 

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Public safety reporter

Lauren covers breaking news, crime and courts for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet covering government, public policy, and the region’s heroin epidemic. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.