According to Vermont State Police, a lone gunman robbed the McDonald & #039;s restaurant in Lyndonville around 11 p.m. Thursday.

No one was hurt. The robber forced workers to get down on the floor, then stole money from two cash registers and ran out a door on the north side of the building.

The suspect had a small handgun. Witnesses described him as being around 5 feet, 10 inches, to 6 feet tall and of medium build. He wore a black ski mask, a black long-sleeved shirt, green pants and black work-type gloves.

This is the second robbery in Lyndonville in under three weeks. On Nov. 27, a lone male held up Cumberland Farms around 3:15 a.m. The store robber implied he had a gun, though he never brandished a weapon.

The physical description of the McDonald & #039;s suspect differs greatly from the Cumberland Farms robber. For one thing, the restaurant robber is described as being tall while the store robber is described as being short -- between 5 feet, 4 inches to 5 feet 6 inches.

Also, a tall man (around 6 feet, 2 inches) armed with a bato rob Cindee & #039;s Country Store in St. Johnsbury Center on Dec. 1. He was thwarted when the owners refused to give him the money and then tired to sic their pit bull on him.

Thursday night & #039;s robbery at McDonald & #039;s is the second time in under a year that one of the chain restaurants has been robbed locally.

Last summer, a gunman robbed the St. Johnsbury McDonald & #039;s. Authorities later made an arrest in that case.

The suspect is Kirk Stutes, 39, Manchester, N.H., who also is suspected of robbing two banks in St. Johnsbury last summer and of committing armed robberies in southern New Hampshire and southern Vermont.

Stutes is due to be arraigned this Monday in Caledonia District Court on the restaurant robbery. The charge has been pending since last summer, but he hadn & #039;t been arraigned yet, because he was being held in New Hampshire on other charges.

Recently, authorities extradited Stutes to Vermont. He is lodged at the Woodstock Correctional Center.


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