UPDATE: Police believe about 7 armed robberies are connected

UPDATED Friday, May 16, 2014 --- 4:48 p.m.

A string of armed robberies in the area has police searching for answers, they say if they can make a handful of arrests they can probably stop this crime spree.

Madison Police say the same group that came into Players Sports Bar with weapons and pepper spray are likely the same group that hit Burrito Drive on Brearly Street. And the connections don't stop there, they say those cases are related to the armed robbery at Toppers Pizza off Mineral Point Road along with up to 4 other armed robberies throughout the city.

"Two guys came into the kitchen both with bandannas, guns, told us all to get on the ground," says Zakk King, the general manager at Burrito Street.

He says the masked men forced them to turn over money and then pepper sprayed everyone. Joel DeSpain with Madison Police says it's the unusual aspects tying the cases together.

"We've seen what detectives call more of a takeover robbery," says DeSpain.

He says in most cases the robbers are wearing masks, demanding that everyone get on the ground, and have used or threatened to use pepper spray in some.

"One that just took place yesterday, we believe one that took place in the downtown area, a daytime armed robbery, is likely also linked to this string of armed robberies we've been seeing in the city."

Canvassing the neighborhoods, and showing pictures of the suspects, police say they're hoping to put a stop to these robberies soon.

"We have a lot of our staff working on this, it's a very high priority, we have detectives from different districts working on this, and our crime analysts."

Police say if you do find yourself being robbed, you should do what the robbers tell you.

UPDATED Wednesday, May 14, 2014 --- 2:05 p.m.

Madison Police believe Tuesday night's robbery at the Toppers Pizza on Mineral Point Road may be connected to two other crimes involving pepper spray or mace.

To read more about a robbery at Players Sports Bar click HERE.

To read more about a robbery at Burrito Drive click HERE.


Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 --- 7:03 a.m.

Madison Police were called to a report of an armed robbery at Toppers Pizza located at 7850 Mineral Point Road. It happened at approximately 11:44 p.m. on Tuesday. The suspects entered the business and displayed a handgun and a can of "Bear mace."

The suspects demanded the cash from the register and the time locked safe inside. Once they had the money they robbed the employees and a customer of their wallets. The suspects then ordered the employees and the customers into a walk-in storage freezer before departing the location.

The employees eventually exited from the storage freezer after a few minutes when they determined that the suspects had fled the area. No one was injured during this incident. A K-9 was brought in to track the suspects but they have not been located.

Anyone with information about this incident or others are urged to contact the Madison Police Department or Crime Stoppers.

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