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Brown bag bandit robs five stores in four days

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Posted at 5:21 PM, Oct 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-04 17:21:51-04

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down a man who has robbed five convenience stores in the last four days.

The crime spree started in Collier County on Friday, Sept. 30 when a light skinned black male entered the 7-Eleven store, located at 1183 Airport Pulling Road around 10:55 p.m.  The man, whose face was cloaked with a mask, pointed what was implied to be a gun covered by a brown paper bag at the clerk, demanding all the cash in the till.  He then fled on foot in an unknown direction. 

Early the next morning, on October 1, that same suspect walked into a Circle K, located at 19737 S. Tamiami Trail, at 2:03 a.m., demanding cash while pointing the implied gun at the clerk.  Again, he fled on foot. 

Less than an hour later, he arrived at the 7-Eleven, located at 8600 Alico Road, wearing the same Jacksonville Jaguars shirt covering his face, demanding cash at gunpoint.  After getting the money, he took off on foot. 

The following evening, on October 2, the suspect entered the 7-Eleven located at 17451 San Carlos Boulevard around 9:30 p.m., repeating his actions of demanding cash while pointing the implied weapon covered by the brown bag. 

Last night, he struck for a fifth time when he walked into the Speedway, located at 27001 Old US 41, and robbed the store of its cash.

In every instance, he’s used the same implied weapon and had his face covered with some type of mask or material.  Although he’s fled on foot every time, detectives from both Lee and Collier Counties believe he’s always had a vehicle waiting nearby.  He is described as being between 5’9” and 6’1” with a thin build.

Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).  All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.  Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip through the P3 mobile app.