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Armed robber strikes twice
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Two armed robberies in two days have investigators suspecting there may be a serial robber targeting local convenience stores.
The man, believed to be responsible for both armed robberies, hit Perry’s Country Store on Monday, before striking at One-Stop Market in Centertown on Tuesday.
The suspect is described as a white male with a grayish brown mustache. His getaway vehicle is believed to be a gray or silver-colored Dodge Intrepid.
“We are looking at them being the work of the same person,” said McMinnville Police Investigator Lt. Nichole Mosley.
The first robbery was at Perry’s Country Store, located at the three-way stop at the intersection of Yager, Short Mountain and Lucky roads. It happened around 2 p.m. Monday.
“He walked in with a gun and demanded money and cigarettes,” said Sheriff Jackie Matheny, noting the man was wearing a black toboggan. “He came from the direction of town, but left going out Short Mountain Road.”
The gunman fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. His image was captured by the store’s surveillance camera.
The second robbery happened just before 3 p.m. Tuesday at One-Stop Market in Centertown. The suspect walked into the store and bought a cold drink before pulling a gun and demanding money.
The description and mode of operation have police suspecting he is the same gunman who robbed Northside Market on Jan. 29. Northside is located in the city limits, but is on the same road as Perry’s Country Store. Police point out the robber in the Northside case had a gray or white beard and also fled the scene in a silverish car.
Police are not yet saying if a botched robbery attempt at First National Bank in Morrison on Jan. 30 is connected to the three successful store robberies. In that case, the man did not produce a gun and fled when the teller threatened to push the bank’s panic button. The robber left in a Chevy S-10.