In the pantheon of places would-be criminals have on their list of places to rob, I kinda feel like donut shop wouldn't be high on the list, particularly before 7 a.m. on a federal holiday. Well, one man in Tyler decided that the early morning hours of Martin Luther King Jr. Day was the ideal time to grab some cash from a couple of donut shops.
According to police, a black male about 5 feet 10 inches tall wearing a gray hoodie robbed Tyler Donut shop at gunpoint. About half an hour later, he allegedly robbed the Country Donut Shop, this time not brandishing a weapon as he did at the first establishment.
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He got away with an undisclosed amount of cash, but that isn't the most interesting part of the story.
According to police, he fled the scene in a "cream colored" vehicle. I literally had to read that sentence three times to make sure it didn't say "cream filled."
But, even better, the suspect tried to flee his second stop with a cash register. As he was running away on foot, he dropped it and apparently left it behind. Because one thing you want to try and run away with is a big-ass cash register. Although it probably wouldn't slow you down any more than a half dozen bear claws.
Tyler police are still on the lookout for the "donut bandit" (quotes mine because I thought it made him sound cooler than "the doofus who robbed two donut shops and dropped a cash register").