SOLON, OH (WOIO) – Two Donatos Pizza shops were robbed at gunpoint early Sunday morning about a half hour apart.
Mentor and Solon Police are searching for a total of four suspects or possibly even the same duo.
In Solon, two employees of Donatos Pizza located 6141 Kruse Drive were robbed around 12:25 a.m.
Two males entered the eatery and produced handguns ordering the workers to lay face down on the ground. The suspects made off with approximately $700.00 in cash from the stores safe and took off on foot eastbound on Som Center Road.
A search of the area utilizing Twinsburg's K-9 was unsuccessful.
The suspects were described as two black males approximately 20-years-old. Both suspects were wearing dark clothing and some type of knit masks.
In Mentor, the Donatos Pizza shop located at 6655 Center Street was robbed around 12:52 a.m.
This time, two suspects entered the pizza shop armed with a baseball bat and a pellet gun. Three employees were assaulted during the robbery.
The first employee was shot in the forehead with the pellet gun, the second was repeatedly struck with a baseball bat and later shot in the side with pellet gun. The third employee, who was coming back from a delivery run during the robbery was punched in the face and also struck with pellet gun.
One of the suspects then forced an employee to hand over an undisclosed amount of cash from the cash register and ordered all three employees into the bathroom. All employees were forced to empty their pockets.
Both suspects then took off and one of the employees called 9-1-1.
The first suspect was described as a black male approximately 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. He wore a black hoodie and black cloth mask. The second suspect was described as 5'6" and approximately 150 pounds. He had long brown hair and wore a mask.
All three Mentor store employees suffered non-serious injuries and declined medical treatment while on scene.
Both incidents remain under investigation.
Anyone with information about the Mentor robbery should call Mentor Police at 440-974-5760,