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HOUSTON –- Robbers targeted three Denny's restaurants across Houston within just a few hours of each other, Houston police said early Thursday.

It was around 3:45 a.m. when three masked men walked in to the Denny's on Beltway 8-North at Wilson. They pointed guns at the employees and took cash from the register. No injuries were reported.

One customer tried to stop the men and was pistol-whipped, police said. The victim said he then tried to rip the license plate off the suspects' getaway vehicle, but he fell and hit his head. He was not seriously hurt.

"I guess in the adrenaline… soon as the second came out the only thing I could think of was to try to get the license plate. So ripped it off and tried throwing it on the roof. But I don't believe I was successful," Dale Hayden said.

About an hour later around 1 a.m., three men went into the Denny's on Southmore at Highway 288. Armed with guns, the men took cash from the register and then held up two workers who were in the parking lot.

A detailed description of the suspects in the cases was not immediately available.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Earlier in the evening around midnight, two men with hoodies went into the Denny's along the Katy Freeway at Wilcrest. They held employees and customers and customers at gunpoint, taking cash from the registers.

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