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Man robs Mason City Arby’s restaurant, police say


This news story was published on October 31, 2018.
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MASON CITY – The Mason City Arby’s restaurant was robbed Tuesday night, police say, and they are searching for a male suspect at this time.

The Mason City Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred late Tuesday night at Arbys, 2401 4th Street South West.

Officers responded to the business on October 30th at 10:35 p.m. when an employee called to report that a robbery had just occurred. The suspect was described as a black male wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt with a bandana partially covering his face who was armed with a handgun and demanded money. He exited the restaurant by the back door and left in an unknown direction.

There were no customers in the restaurant at the time of the robbery as the business was closed.

Officers searched the area and were assisted by a deputy and K-9 from the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect was not located at that time.

An ambulance was requested to respond to the scene to aid an employee who was suffering from a panic attack.

The department is continuing to follow up on this incident and would ask if anyone has information to contact the Mason City Police Department.

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25 Responses to Man robs Mason City Arby’s restaurant, police say

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 2, 2018 at 9:35 am

    I for one feel it was an inside job and heres why, it was to easy for someone to get in there, store was closed and an employee had a panic attack to go along with the robbery, I’m not Barney Fife but I do know a thing or two. Allstate will cover the loss. Ha ha

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 2, 2018 at 12:13 pm

      Yep, someone should keep an eye on the worker who had a panic attack. Good chance they were the one who made sure the door was either open or unlocked.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 1, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    If Mason City got a K9 then everyone would bitch about it being a waste of money. How often do they actually need the K9? which is why they borrow from other counties. Not all K9’s are trained the same either. Some do drugs, or bombs, or human…each K9 has a special purpose. Also, if no officer requests to be a K9 handler then that department doesn’t necessarily get one nor need one.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 5, 2018 at 8:47 am

      The same pd that crashes cars while drunk driving and loss their firearms? You think these nooks should be responsible for a life? These losers cant even spot a meth head no less be trusted with any type of responsibility. We don’t need a dog in town they will just use it as a force multiplyer or they will lose it or they will use it to start shit with dogs on traffic stops so they can shoot pit bulls.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 1, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Why would you use a K-9 unit from Mitchell Co. Aren’t there K-9 unit closer? Mawson City is a large enough City. With all the crime etc. here you would think would have one.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 1, 2018 at 11:46 am

    If the business is closed why wasn’t the doors locked? Do they not have cameras? Was this staged robbery?

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 1, 2018 at 8:11 am

    Chitcago’s finest strike again.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 1, 2018 at 7:16 pm

      Too bad you missed the class in school where they learned to spell the names of American Cities.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        November 2, 2018 at 8:12 am

        It’s spelled right. You are just to dumb to read it.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        November 5, 2018 at 8:39 am

        He meant. Look what the criminal element from shitcago is doing to out city. It’s spelled shitcago. And yes the people from Detroit and shitcago do commit more crime than people seem to want to admit. Black people suck. They cam to our town and brought their lack of respect for life with them. Didn’t w just have a kid die cuz of fake heroin? Black men are destroying this community. They are all involved in drug trade and dog fighting. Keep your head down an stay armed that’s all decent folks can do anymore.

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 1, 2018 at 6:29 am

    We just got done remodeling that store. The employees are nice people.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 1, 2018 at 8:09 am

      They obviously forgot to install locks!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 1, 2018 at 8:45 am

      Nice people or not, he was mad they didn’t have any fried chicken.

      • Rahmbo Reply Report comment

        November 1, 2018 at 2:07 pm

        Ah, a poster harkening back to the old days. Most thieves in Mason City used to prefer maid-rites or pork tenderloins.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          November 1, 2018 at 6:00 pm

          Just wondering how many times the maid-rite or the tenderloin place got robbed.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          November 2, 2018 at 3:55 am

          If you were the cop taking the statement from the employee, would you plug your ears when he told you the perp was a black male?

          Focus, you idiot.

  7. Observer the Original Reply Report comment

    October 31, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Why are we borrowing other Department’s K-9 units? Departments I might add, that are smaller than our own. Think of the time it takes to notify that department, then travel here. By then, the suspect could be long gone.

    Mason City used to have a K-9 and officer. The reason or reasons it went away, are worth looking into again.

    We are better served with a tool to fight crime, than statues downtown gathering pigeon poop. Oh wait, maybe the statues are “critical” too?

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      October 31, 2018 at 4:03 pm

      River City Sculptures on Parade is a non-profit group with a vision to bring a significant display of public art to Mason City. It has nothing to do with public safety and police department funding and crime fighting priorities.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        October 31, 2018 at 4:04 pm

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        October 31, 2018 at 4:05 pm

        Keystone cops….which way did he go?

      • Observer the Original Reply Report comment

        October 31, 2018 at 8:48 pm

        It is a waste of resources, namely city workers who install them. We have enough projects which serve the common good, far more important than those statues.

        And the City should by no means, purchase ANY of them. Let private citizens, if they cherish them, purchase them.

        No public funds, time, equipment or in-kind services should be used for this project.

        • Ralph Reply Report comment

          October 31, 2018 at 8:51 pm

          Agreed!

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          November 1, 2018 at 4:56 am

          This is a news story about an armed robbery in Mason City, and you have turned it into a rant about statues. What channel are you on anyway?

          • Anonymous

            November 1, 2018 at 5:37 am

            Thank you. Some of these people need to give it a rest for goodness sake.