CCSO: 'Opening Bell' bandit strikes again in Happy Valley
A man the authorities have dubbed the "Opening Bell" bandit has pulled off another robbery — believed to be his third strike against sleepy-eyed workers just starting the morning shift.
This time, Clackamas County deputies say the alleged bandit entered a Carl's Jr., 14665 S.E. Sunnyside Rd., just as the Happy Valley restaurant opened at 7 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 27.
Surveillance video released by police show the masked man strolling behind the counter and accosting a worker at knifepoint. The bandit then grabs money from a register.
Police say the man fled to parts unknown after leaving the fast-food joint. A search of the area turned up cold — but investigators have linked the same suspect to the Dec. 18 robbery of the Kaady Car Wash in West Linn and the Dec. 20 robbery of a Gladstone Subway.
"West Linn PD has dubbed the suspect the 'Opening Bell Bandit' because of his tendency to rob locations right after they open for business," according to a release.
The suspect is described as a heavyset man weighting 240 or 250 pounds, approximately five foot eleven to six feet tall, of unknown age but described as having short white facial hair. He was last seen wearing a grey sweatshirt, dark-colored t-shirt, jeans, gloves and dark shoes.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office assures the public that Computer Forensic Unit techs are still processing evidence and searching for clues. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 503-723-4949.
Video of the Carl's Jr. robbery is available here.
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