News 12 First at Five, May 21, 2007
AUGUSTA, GA--Nine days, eight armed robberies in three different counties, and today investigators say it's the same man. He's targeted Richmond, Aiken, and Columbia Counties, and now investigators are offering one thousand dollars for his arrest.
With each robbery investigators say he's getting more bold. Now, they want him off the street before someone gets hurt.
Investigators need the public's help to catch a serial armed robber.
Investigators say he's robbed eight stores in three counties, and now they fear for your safety.
Sgt. Richard Roundtree explains. "We're extremely concerened because he's becoming more and more brazen in his robbery attempts and we don't want anyone to get hurt."
And in the last nine days investigators say he's been busy, targeting Aiken, Richmond and Columbia Counties, and in the past few robberies, investigators say he's started to flash a weapon: including a gun or a knife.
Monday (May 21) officers from all three counties met at Richmond County's Law Enforcement Center to compare notes and get him off the streets.
"If his intent was to get our attention, he's definitley got it" says Sgt. Roundtree.
His most recent attack was late Sunday afternoon at a Shell gas station on Gordon Highway. Again, using the same routine.
"He's was very calm. I would never suspect he was coming to rob us that's how calm he was.." says victim Carrie Thompson.
Surveillance pictures from inside the store tell the story. The robber waits for the store to clear and then goes to the back of the store to get a Mountain Dew and heads to the counter.
"He came up to the counter with two dollars in his hand like he was going to buy it but he didn't walked off with the soda, the two dollars and our money." says Thompson.
The robber got away with more than nine hundred dollars from the Gordon Highway shell station. And as their surveillance footagen shows, he's making no attempt to disguise himself. Which is something that worries investigators and the public.
Patron Blaqsun speaks out on behalf of his family "See I have to think of my mom being in a store like this and someone coming to rob it and being a victim like the ones you see on T.V."
Investigators hope by combining their efforts and with help from the public, this bold bandit will be behind bars before he strikes again.
"With the efforts of three counties we feel he's got no place to hide right now." adds Sgt. Roundtree.
The robber is described as a white male 5' 9" to 5'10" medium build and thought to be in his late 20s to early 30s. And so far, he's used two different gettaway vehicles. On Friday night (May 18) in Aiken,
it was a four door Mercury Sable Gray or Silver. A few hours later, investigators say he robbed a Columbia County Walgreens store and got away on a large black motorcycle with saddlebags and a back trunk.
One thousand dollars will be awarded for the suspect's identity and other information that leads to an arrest.