Police think Istanbul Restaurant robber linked to other hold-ups

Monday, April 25, 2011 at 8:06pm
Staff reports

Metro police are looking for the man who robbed a Nolensville Pike restaurant Saturday, and they believe he could be responsible for another robbery, if not more.

Detectives with Metro police’s South Precinct think the suspect who robbed the Istanbul Restaurant at 2631 Nolensville Pike at 8:55 p.m. Saturday is the same man who held up the Shoney’s on East Thompson Lane on April 8.

The gunman, who police said was armed with a black semi-automatic pistol, walked around from behind the restaurant and entered it before demanding an employee give him money from the cash register.

Once he got the money, the suspect ran out of the restaurant and to the rear of the building. There a witness told police the man drove off in a mid- to late-1990s model Silver Pontiac Grand Am, which was missing a hubcap on the driver’s side front tire. 

The suspect is described as a 6-foot tall white man weighing about 250 pounds. At the time of the robbery, he wore a dark navy blue hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and a light colored shirt over his face.

Police said the Istanbul Restaurant and Shoney’s robberies are similar in style to three other business robberies in February including: Mi Tierra Super Mercado at 5140 Nolensville Pike on Feb. 1; Dollar General Store at 2285 Murfreesboro Pike on Feb. 23; and Siam Café at 316 McCall St. on Feb. 24.

Police urge anyone with information on the suspect’s whereabouts to contact Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

Citizens can also send an electronic tip to Crime Stoppers by texting the word “CASH” along with their message to 274637 (CRIMES) or online at www.nashvillecrimestoppers.com. Persons who contact Crime Stoppers by phone or text message can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.

1 Comment on this post:

By: global_citizen on 4/26/11 at 6:51

I guarantee there's a drug addiction tied to this. Wonder what his drug of choice is; coke, crack, meth, or heroine?