A man wearing a Frankenstein mask robbed four convenience stores early Thursday in an arc stretching from the University City area to east Charlotte.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said they believe the suspect is the same one who robbed three other convenience stores in the past two weeks. Theyre offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information about the man.
Police said the suspect, wearing a mask and carrying a handgun, started Thursdays crime spree about 2:50 a.m. by robbing a convenience store on Mallard Creek Road. The bandit barged into the store and demanded money from the clerk.
The gunman apparently followed a path down the W.T. Harris Boulevard corridor, striking next around 3:20 a.m. at a convenience store on The Plaza near Harris Boulevard. About 20 minutes later, he robbed a Kangaroo Express in the 7300 block of Albemarle Road, again not far from Harris Boulevard.
The final robbery happened about 4:20 a.m., in the 7000 block of East W.T. Harris Boulevard. That is a short distance north of Hickory Grove Road.
No injuries were reported.
Police said the man is also suspected in an Aug. 29 robbery at a Kangaroo Express on West Sugar Creek Road, a Sept. 4 robbery at a Circle K on The Plaza and a Sept. 5 robbery at a BP Station on Bellhaven Boulevard.
Earlier this week, police released surveillance photos from the Sept. 4 robbery, asking for the publics help to identify the suspect. In that case, the suspect was bare-chested, wearing a white shirt wrapped around his face as he pointed a gun and demanded money and cigarettes, police said.
Police said the suspect is a black man, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with a medium to large frame. His face was covered by the green mask, but police said he had a goatee and tight cornrows. He wore black jeans and a black long-sleeved shirt. Witnesses did not get a description of the vehicle he was driving.
Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.