Second DQ in Union Twp. robbed in two days

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UNION TOWNSHIP, Pa. - For the second time in two days, a robber targeted a Dairy Queen. This time, the attempted robbery took place in Union Township on Saturday.

The owner of the Dairy Queen on Route 88 said this incident is the first in 19 years that the place has been robbed.

Police said a man wearing a stripped polo and ski mask barged into the place and chased around the teenage employees that were inside, threatening to shoot.

"We ran as fast as we could. We really didn't turn around or look at him. He told us he would shoot us," said Danielle Turley, one of the employees present during the robbery.

Police said the man did not get away with any cash and took off on Route 88 toward South Park.

On Friday, an armed man targeted the Dairy Queen in Bethel Park, also on Route 88 and less than seven miles from Saturday night’s robbery, according to police.

Mackenzie Happe, who was working at the restaurant on Library Road at the time of the incident, said a man walked up to the counter with a grocery bag and demanded money.

She said he was wearing a black hoodie, sunglasses and a face mask.

Happe said he showed a gun, and she hit a panic button under the counter after giving him the contents of the cash register. The man then took off.

Police said there have been other armed robberies in Bethel Park and Castle Shannon at a Sunoco and Subway.

Police do not yet know if any of the robberies are related. However, the Bethel Park Police Department said they are "comparing notes" with Southwest Regional and Castle Shannon police regarding the recent string of armed robberies/attempts.

Police are also asking anyone with information to contact the Southwest Regional Police by phone or on Facebook.