November 18, 2005
There have been two aggravated robberies within less than two miles in just two days. Both robberies are strikingly similar, and now authorities are searching for just one man.
There have been two incidents where a man has approached a female inside or near a shopping store demanding money. First it happened at the Barracks Road shopping center last night, and then again this morning at the KMart on Hydraulic Road. Both times the suspect had a knife but did not harm the victim.
Police say a man approached a local woman at a Michaels store Thursday night and forced her into his car by knife point.
Police say he then made her drive to the Credit Union ATM on Arlington Blvd., where he forced her to withdraw money.
Friday morning, a similar incident occurred. This time it was inside the Kmart on Hydraulic Rd.
"A clerk was inside at a service desk nearby in front of the store when an individual entered, engaged her in conversation, [and in] the course of that conversation physically grabbed her by the shirt, asked for money, threatened with a knife. She gave an undertermined amount of cash and at that point the individual left the store," said Police Chief Tim Longo.
Similar descriptions lead police to believe more likely than not that the crimes were committed by the same person.
"His physical appearance, the color of his hair, those kinds of things are certainly related between the two incidents," explained Chief Longo. "He was wearing a plaid coat [Thursday] night, and [Friday] morning he was wearing a plaid shirt."
Police have not caught the robber yet, but do feel fairly confident with the evidence they have, they will.
In the meantime, some female shoppers say they'll be taking extra precautions, while others say they're ready and able to protect themselves.
"I'm pretty careful anyway, so it probably won't change anything that I do," said Shopper Judy Ericson.
Upon his capture, authorities say the robber will face at least two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon as well as an abduction charge.
Police are looking for a white male, between 30 and 40 years old, who is possibly driving a maroon two-door Honda, the year somewhere between 1995 and 2000.
The back license plates are believed to have the letters GGC or something similar.
Anyone with information concerning the robberies is urged to call Crimestoppers at (434) 977-4000.