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Posted: Monday, October 17, 2011 9:08 pm | Updated: 12:53 pm, Tue Oct 18, 2011.

Tempe police have released surveillance camera footage of three men who have been working together to rob fast-food restaurants in Tempe and Phoenix. The robbers typically strike around opening or closing time, using force to move people to the back of the eatery while pointing a firearm at them, then demanding cash and fleeing. At least four recent incidents occurred in Tempe, with two west of that city's border in Phoenix.

During the most recent incident at 6 a.m. Monday at a restaurant at Priest Drive and Baseline Road, the robber fired shots into the ceiling after the robbery and left in a white van with wood-style brown paneling down the side.

One robber is described as a black male in his late 20s to mid-30s about 6 feet tall, 250 pounds, with no facial hair and wearing white baseball cap with a red crown and gray bill with "UNLV" on the front, a dark sweatshirt or hoodie and white basketball shorts with red and black stripes, and black shoes.

Another robber is described as a skinny white or Hispanic male in his early 20s with sideburns, a red and black striped sweatshirt, dark T-shirt, and dark shorts with red and white stripes, and a red, white and blue hat with the Philippines flag on back. He has tattoos on his neck, left shin, right hand and behind both ears.

The third robber is described as Filipino or Pacific Islander in origin, 5 feet 8 inches tall of average build, with long bushy hair, a red hooded sweatshirt with a gold design on front, long jeans shorts, a white New York Yankees cap with black pinstripes, and a red backpack

Anyone with information can call the Tempe Police Department at (480) 350-8311 or Silent Witness at (480) WITNESS.

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