Hillsborough sheriff’s detectives said they are trying to identify a man who used a gun during a robbery early Wednesday at a Burger King in Lutz.
At 6:06 a.m., the gunman entered the restaurant, at 3911 Van Dyke Road, wearing a black bandana over his face and a white chef’s hat on his head.
According to investigators, the man approached the manager, pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at her and forced her to go behind the counter by two other employees.
The robber then told the employees to empty the cash drawers, investigators said. The gunman then took the manager into the restaurant office and had her open the safe, investigators said.
The man took an undisclosed amount of cash and the employees’ cellphones, investigators said. He fled to the northeast but dropped the cellphones near the back of the store.
The robbery was recorded on surveillance video, which was released on YouTube by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies described the suspect as black or Hispanic, in his 20s, and with light brown eyes and a thin build at 6 feet 2 inches tall and 170 to 180 pounds. He was wearing a black long- sleeve shirt, blue jeans, black boots and white latex gloves.
Anyone with information was asked to call the sheriff’s office at (813) 247-8200. To be eligible for a cash reward and remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), go to www.crimestopperstb.com or text “CSTB” plus the tip to CRIMES (274637).