Armed robberies in Monona, Madison may be connected, Monona PD says

Robbers fled Monona McDonald's with cash Saturday

Monona Police are investigating an armed robbery at a McDonald’s in the city Saturday night.

Police Chief Walter Ostrenga said officers were called to the McDonald’s restaurant located at 4905 Monona Drive at 11:49 p.m. for an armed robbery.

Police said a robber walked up to the drive through window and confronted an employee with an assault-style rifle. A second robber could be heard but not seen, police said.

The two men took an undisclosed amount of cash from the restaurant before fleeing south on foot, Ostrenga said. A K-9 unit tracked the robbers to Gordon Avenue, where police believe they got into a car.

The first robber is described as a black man wearing all black with a mask on his face, Ostrenga said.

Ostrenga said the incident may be related to an attempted armed robbery on Madison’s east side an hour before. In that incident, two men entered the Rosati’s Pizza at 4933 Commercial Avenue and demanded money , but walked away empty handed.

Rosati’s was also the target of a similar armed robbery on Tuesday .

Anyone with information is asked to contact Monona police or Madison Area Crime Stoppers.