WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington Police are searching for three masked men who robbed a Wilmington Pizza Hut last night, meanwhile they say they've solved other high-profile crimes.
"Pick up the phone, use text-a-tip, do the right thing. We need information," said Police Chief Ralph Evangelous.
Evangelous is pleading with the public for help solving a recent string of armed robberies.
Evangelous says his department is working on several leads right now, and that he has a pretty good idea who the offenders might be.
"I could name off one or two right now, but I won't, because I will get in trouble again, but I can name off one or two that are probably good for dozens, dozens and dozens of crimes," said Evangelous.
The Pizza Hut on Oleander Drive was the latest business robbed.
Investigators say three masked men held up the restaurant before 10:00 p.m., Wednesday night.
The thieves are still on the run.
The chief says crooks are getting a jump on the Christmas rush.
"Normally robberies increase in November through Christmas and New Year’s, but it started early this year,” said Evangelous.
Meanwhile an accused bank robber is behind bars.
Ottis McGill is charged with robbing the New Bridge Bank on South College Road September 6 and the Western Union on North Second Street August 21.
McGill is also suspected in bank heists in Elizabethtown and Lumberton.
No one at Pizza Hut would talk to us today, and the corporate office never called us back.
Police say no tip is too small or too insignificant.
If you see or hear anything call police.