The latest crime news across the world of 48,000 restaurants.*
Salt Lake City police arrested a man Thursday on suspicion of robbing “several” Papa John’s restaurants just outside the Utah city during a robbery spree this month involving as many as 20 businesses.
At first, Mathew Kuepper, 32, was robbing businesses about once daily, said Unified Police Lt. Lex Bell. But over the last week, police believe Kuepper was committing two or even three robberies a day to support his addiction to heroin and crack cocaine. His ex-wife, Kellie Kuepper, 31, was also arrested in connection with the alleged armed robberies.
“It sounds like they got out of control with their addiction and spending,” Bell said. Police say Mathew Kuepper displayed a firearm during each robbery. But he told detectives after his arrest that he used a “plastic toy that looked realistic,” according to the Deseret News.
In Paducah, police arrested 34-year-old Anthony Davis on suspicion of assaulting a Texas Roadhouse employee with a beer mug two weeks ago.
The victim told police he was walking through the restaurant when Davis hit him with the mug and kept hitting him until restaurant patrons pulled him away. The employee’s face was cut, there were cuts inside his mouth, and one of his teeth was knocked out, according to police cited by WPSD.
* Yum has 43,000 KFCs, Pizza Huts and Taco Bells in nearly 140 countries; Papa John’s has 4,900 in 37 countries, and Texas Roadhouse has 485 restaurants in five countries. With that many locations, crimes inevitably will occur — with potentially serious legal consequences for the companies.