After two Charlotte gas stations were robbed early Wednesday, police are asking again for the public’s help to identify a man who may be the suspect in as many as 10 recent robberies across the city.
The first of Wednesday’s robberies happened around 12:15 a.m. at a convenience store near the intersection of Providence Road and Old Providence Road in south Charlotte. Then, about two hours later and five miles away, a Kangaroo Express on East Independence Boulevard near Margaret Wallace Road was robbed, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said.
Just last week, police released surveillance photos of a man they said may be the suspect in the robberies of three Kangaroo Express stores in a four-hour overnight crime spree.
In those cases, a man came into the stores and pointed a gun at the clerks, according to police reports. Then, he took money or cigarettes.
Police said they believe the man may also be the suspect in a string of five gas station and convenience store robberies in May and June. Each of the robberies happened between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
In one May robbery, the suspect escaped with $6,563, after he brandished a gun and demanded money from a woman who was getting out of her vehicle to enter the office with the store’s money, according to a police report.
Police said the suspect has been described as a dark-skinned black man between age 20 and 30. He is between 5-foot-10 and 6 feet tall, has an average muscular build and has some facial hair. Police said he’s also left handed.
In at least one robbery, the suspect wore blue jeans, a black T-shirt under a gray and black digital camouflage zip-up hooded sweatshirt and blue gloves with a “NY” logo. Police said he also wore a black ski mask over his face and pulled the hood of his sweatshirt over his head. He’s also been seen wearing black pants with a white design or patches on the legs.
Anyone with information about the suspect or the robberies is asked to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.