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Warrant reveals employee may have been involved in Dubuque IHOP robbery

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Dubuque police are investigating an IHOP employee for possible involvement in a recent armed robbery of the restaurant in Dubuque, according to court documents. Dubuque police identified at least two suspects in the armed robbery which took place at IHOP in Dubuque on July 16th. Since no arrests have been made in this case, KWWL is not naming the suspects mentioned in the warrant.

According to a report, the robbers slipped into IHOP through an unlocked back door. IHOP manager Latrice Harbour said she and another employee were in a back office shortly after 7:30 p.m when two men, their faces covered, entered through the unlocked back door. Harbour said one pointed a handgun at her and demanded her to get down on the ground. The men then took the $6,000 from the unlocked safe and ran off.

Investigators say a White Chevy Traverse driving recklessly could have been involved.  The SUV appeared to have a spare tire on it's front passenger side.

According to the search warrant, a man contacted police after realizing he had seen a similar vehicle stopped at Meineke on Central avenue before the robbery took place. Police were then able to trace the SUV to EZ-Auto Finance. Upon contacting the owners of the business, it was determined that the SUV had been taken out on a test drive on July 14 and was supposed to be returned by 6 p.m. on July 16th, but it was not dropped off until July 17th. Employees noticed once the SUV was dropped off that it had a spare tire on it's front right side.

"Since I've been here this is a first. I don't know if it has ever happened before," said EZ-Auto Finance salesman, Curtis Knapp, about the incident.

KWWL reached out to IHOP store manager Latrice Harbour for a comment about the robbery. She declined to discuss the robbery, but said business at IHOP has carried on as usual.

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