Originally created 05/04/02

Police call robberies similar



Police say a man who robbed a Circle K convenience store on Wheeler Road on Thursday bears striking similarities to the man who robbed three other stores this week.

The same type of weapon was used in each robbery, and the suspect's physical description and dress were similar, Richmond County sheriff's Maj. Ken Autry said.

"The only thing different is the suspect's vehicle description in the last one, a Mercury Cougar or Thunderbird," Maj. Autry said. "And we suspect an accomplice, a blond-haired white female. It also appeared the suspect had shaved his head in this last robbery."

At about 9 p.m. Thursday, a white man, 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing about 175 pounds, entered the Wheeler Road Circle K, pointed a black handgun at the clerk and demanded the money in the cash registers. The clerk gave him money, and he ran toward the rear of the store, according to a report of the robbery.

The man was wearing a white shirt, blue jeans, a black skull cap and sunglasses.

At about 8:40 p.m. Wednesday,, a man with the same description, dress and weapon went into the Amoco Food Store in the 3200 block of Skinner Mill Road and pointed the gun at the two clerks, demanded money from the cash register and ran, according to a police report.

A robber of the same description struck two convenience stores Tuesday - the first, Bryants Texaco in the 2600 block of Washington Road, about 6:15 a.m. Tuesday, and the second, Circle K in the 200 block of Furys Ferry Road, just before 9 p.m. In both robberies, the man pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at the clerks, demanded money and fled the store on foot after receiving it, according to police reports.

The sheriff's department has increased patrols around convenience stores in an effort to catch the robber, Maj. Autry said.

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