NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - Several Hampton Roads convenience stores have been robbed recently, and Newport News police say the crimes may be connected.
At 12:44 a.m. Friday, Newport News Police responded to a robbery at the 7-Eleven at 11825 Jefferson Ave.
Officer Harold Eley with Newport News Police says the suspect was wearing blue jeans, a long-sleeved or hooded shirt and a winter Russian-style hat with ear flaps. The suspect is described as a black man, between 5-foot-5 and 5-foot-7, 140 to 160 pound and between the ages of 21 and 28. The suspect also appeared to have dreadlocked hair.
Eley says the man pulled a revolver from his pocket and demanded money, and when a second clerk stood up from an aisle, the suspect put a gun to the back of his head and ordered him to go to the front of the store. No one was injured.
Eley tells WAVY.com that two additional 7-Eleven stores were robbed Thursday night, and it appears the same suspect robbed all of the stores.
Police departments in Hampton, Chesapeake and Norfolk report similar incidents with the suspect or suspects using the same MO, clothing and weapon description.
In Hampton, the 7-Eleven located in the 1700 block of West Pembroke Avenue was robbed at 11:10 p.m., and about 20 minutes later, Hampton Police say the same suspect entered the 7-Eleven in the 2700 block of West Mercury Boulevard with a handgun demanding money.
"They have surveillance cameras, time lock displays on the windows warning customers," Corporal Jason Price with Hampton Police told WAVY.com. "What we find is the suspect is a little desperate."
Hampton Police says the suspect is described as a black man between 20 and 25-years-old, between 100 and 150 pounds and was seen wearing all dark clothes with a dark-colored hat with fur on the front and side portions.
In Chesapeake, the 7-Eleven at 3100 Churchland Boulevard was robbed on Thursday.
On Friday, Chesapeake Police say the 7-Eleven at 3445 Western Branch Boulevard was robbed by a man described as 5-foot-7 and 150 pounds wearing a black jacket and a hat with fur on the inside. Chesapeake Police says the man left the scene in a grey SUV driven by a man seen earlier in the store.
In Norfolk, the 7-Eleven in the 5300 block of East Princess Anne Road was robbed around 2:35 a.m. on Thursday. The suspect was described as a black man wearing all dark clothing. Less than two hours later, Karen Parker-Chesson with Norfolk Police says a man matching the same description entered the 7-Eleven in the 1200 block of Monticello Avenue, displayed a gun and took money from a customer.
Parker-Chesson says the suspect left the store headed north on Monticello Avenue.
Anyone with information on any of the crimes above is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
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