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For the third time in less than two weeks, a man with a shotgun has robbed a Lowcountry Waffle House.

The latest robbery happened about 5 a.m. Sunday at the Waffle House at 1415 N. Main St. in Summerville. It was the second time the restaurant has been robbed since May 11. A Waffle House in West Ashley was robbed May 13.

In each case, the suspect was described as a man carrying a shotgun and a bag used to stash the money.

Summerville Police Capt. Jon Rogers said they are working with Charleston police to investigate the robberies.

Witnesses to the latest robbery said they saw a black male, about 5-foot-10, about 150 pounds, acting suspiciously at the rear of the restaurant, according to an incident report. The same witnesses said they called 911 moments later when they saw the same man inside the restaurant pointing a shotgun at the people inside.

Witnesses inside the store said the man pointed the gun at an employee, forcing him to put the money from the register into the suspect's bag. The suspect kept telling the employee to "hurry up." Once he had the money, he told the employee, "Thank you," the report states.

The suspect wore black pants, a black shirt with a black vest and a ski mask.

An employee said the suspect resembled the man who robbed them May 11.

Police arrived on scene with tracking dogs but did not find the suspect, the report said.

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