Charlottesville police are searching for a man they believe might be responsible for three separate robberies in the past month. The latest robbery occurred on Saturday afternoon at an Exxon gas station at the corner of Emmett Street and Hydraulic Road. No one was injured, but it looked similar to other crimes.
"We have had two others [robberies] in the last month in the same sort of geographic area that are very similar. I can't say absolutely the same guy but there are certainly similarities," said Charlottesville Police Sgt. Richard Hudson.
Detectives are investigating if the same man robbed the KMart just across the street on Hydraulic Road in April and the Big Lots in Albemarle County last weekend. All three robberies are in the same general area and have the same appearance. The man walks up to the counter with items or asks for change and then robs the cashier.
"The description of the suspects is virtually the same in all of [the robberies], and the behavior is very similar, so we believe there might be a link," said Sgt. Hudson.
At this time, Charlottesville Police only have a general description of the man they believe is responsible for these crimes.
"He is a black male, probably in his middle 20's, 5'10 to 6 foot, medium build, with a medium complexion," Hudson said.