Police have arrested a man they believe robbed four convenience stores while wearing a Frankenstein mask.
Eric Christopher Orr, 28, was arrested Saturday on a stolen vehicle charge. Police said the vehicle was related to a breaking and entering case.
While questioning Orr, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police realized he also fit the description of a man wearing a Frankenstein mask and carrying a handgun who, in one hour on Sept. 13, robbed four convenience stores in an arc stretching from the University City area to east Charlotte.
Police charged Orr with armed robbery and attempted armed robbery in connection. Investigators believe he is also responsible for several other robberies.
The Sept. 13 crime spree began 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.