Detectives Search for Armed Robber Who’s Hit String of O.C. Fast-Food Restaurants

Detectives are on the hunt for a man believed to have robbed multiple fast-food restaurants in Orange County, including a Jack in the Box in Santa Ana on Monday and a McDonald's in Costa Mesa on Tuesday.

The string of armed robberies began earlier this month, investigators say.

On Monday about 8:30 p.m., the robber was caught on video entering a Jack in the Box at 820 N. Harbor Blvd. in Santa Ana. He held up a handgun, passed a note to an employee and demanded money, according to a news release from Santa Ana Police Department.

After the robber leaned casually over the restaurant counter, the money was handed over and the man disappeared, the video showed.

It was the third robbery of a fast-food restaurant on Harbor Boulevard within the previous week, Santa Ana police said.

The very next day, about 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, an armed man robbed a Costa Mesa McDonald's at gunpoint while also passing a note to an employee asking for money, a news release from Costa Mesa police said.

Authorities believe it is the same man, saying he could be behind a number of other robberies at Orange County restaurants. Locations in Orange, Santa Ana, Huntington Beach, Garden Grove, Westminster and Fountain Valley have also been hit, police say.

The suspect is described by Santa Ana police as a Hispanic man around 25 to 30 years old with a medium-to-heavy build,  short curly black hair and thick-rimmed black glasses. He's about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet 1 inch tall.

Anyone with information about the robberies is urged to contact local police.