Serial convenience store robber sought by police

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A number of area police departments are working together as they search for a serial convenience store robber. There have been four robberies or attempted robberies this week. It started Monday at a gas station in Overland. Authorities say the suspect indicated he had a gun.

Overland Police Chief Michael Laws said, “He didn’t show it, my understanding it was in some sort of plastic bag. He said the gun was in there made off with $1,100 worth of property and cash.”
Besides money the man stole booze and cigarettes.

Wednesday, near Lindbergh and Old Halls Ferry in north county it’s believed the same man hit a Mobil On the Run, stealing similar items.

And then early Thursday morning a Creve Coeur gas station was robbed. Again, it appears to be the same suspect, a black male in his 40 to 50’s with a salt and pepper mustache. He took cash and cigarettes that were the same brand as in another crime. Customers like Brian Beckvold were shaking their heads, “I think it’s pretty crazy maybe he got through once just seeing how many times he can do it.”

Police also think the gunman tried but failed to rob a Bridgeton gas station. The suspect hasn’t gotten violent yet but customers like Jerry Wolford wonder if that will change, “He might use the gun or whatever.”
Police do have surveillance video of the robber but are not making it public, they fear that could hurt their investigation as detectives run down leads in the case.

Chief Laws said, “I’d rather not put that out yet.” The cigarettes and liquor could be for the robber’s own use, however they are items that can be quickly turned into cash.