FRANKLIN, Va. (WAVY) - Franklin Police need help identifying and locating a man who tried to rob two grocery stores and may have hit up other stores.
Lt. T.W. Whitt with the Franklin Police Department said the suspect entered the Food Lion on Armory Drive and approached a cashier with a drink and a bag of chips Friday around 2 p.m. When the cashier opened the drawer, the suspect demanded money.
Whitt said the cashier became frightened an backed away from the drawer. The suspect left without obtaining any cash.
About 20 minutes later, the same suspect entered the Farm Fresh on Armory Drive across from Walmart and attempted the same crime. When the drawer opened, the suspect cursed the cashier and demanded money be put in a bag.
The suspect fled when a second employee approached and didn't obtain any cash.
Whitt said the suspect was scene getting into a burgundy Lincoln Town Car.
The suspect was wearing a blue shirt, black pants and black shoes at the time of the Food Lion robbery. He was wearing a gray tank top but was carrying the blue shirt in his hand.
Investigators are working with law enforcement officials in both Suffolk and Portsmouth, where similar robberies featuring a similar suspect have taken place.
Anyone with information on the crimes in any city should call the Franklin Crime Line at 757-563-8599 or the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
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