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.
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.
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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").