Police are hoping a suspect photo and an FBI cash reward will lead them to a man believed to have robbed local convenience stores three times during the past 10 or so days.
"We believe they are connected — that they are the same person," Jacksonville Police Det. Greg Compton said Wednesday.
The perpetrator hit one store twice, according to reports. No one was harmed during these robberies.
During all the crimes, the suspect is believed to have fled on foot. During at least one robbery, his image was caught on videotape, Jacksonville Police Det. James Oden said.
The Oct. 14 robbery of CJ's Quick Stop, 613 E. Rusk, took place as the store employee was preparing to close about 9 p.m. The suspect ran into the store and demanded money from the employee. After he got the cash, he fled the scene by foot.
On Oct. 22, the same suspect is believed to have hit J & J Food, 1512 S Jackson St, about 5:30 a.m. This time he was wearing a hood jacket, jeans and an article of unknown clothing, Compton said.
As before, the suspect demanded money from the register, got it, then fled on foot.
Then, about 10 p.m. Tuesday night, the suspect hit J&J's again. He was wearing roughly the same clothing, wielding a handgun, and demanding money. As before, he fled the store on foot.
In all cases, the suspect, brandished what is believed to have been a semiautomatic handgun.
He is described as African-American and of average height and build. The management at CJ's went as far as to describe him at 5 feet 7 inches, weighing 180 pounds in a grey shirt with a white rag over his face.
The FBI is involved with the cases because it involves Interstate Commerce, Jacksonville Police said.
Anyone with any information about the suspect can contact Compton at (903) 586-2546 or the PD's Investigations Unit (from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday) at (903) 586-8336.
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