HOUSTON – Police are searching for a man who they said is responsible for at least 17 store robberies.
Police said he commits the robberies at central Houston stores in a similar fashion.
The man walks up to the counter and acts as though he is going to make a purchase, then hands the employee a note, officers said.
In the note, police said he threatens to shoot the clerk if they do not cooperate and give him the money in the register.
Pizza L'Vino in Rice Village was one of the stores that was targeted.
"It said, 'Give me all your money or I'll kill everyone in here,'" Rafael Perez, co-manager of Pizza L'Vino, said. "My co-worker just gave him everything in the register. There were two other employees in here. He didn't want to risk their safety at all."
Police said at Trader Joe’s, an employee saw what appeared to be a handgun in the suspect’s front waistband.
Authorities are worried because the man does not seem to be concerned about being caught.
"He hit just downtown, just down the road from our station, that's how brazen this guy is," Det. Jeff Brieden said.
Here is a list of the 17 robbery locations:
- Dec. 1: Aggravated Robbery-DW at Walgreens at 5202 Almeda Rd. VIDEO
- Dec. 2: Robbery at Walgreens at 2612 Smith St. VIDEO
- Dec. 2: Agg. Robbery-DW at Subway at 4807 San Jacinto
- Dec. 4: Robbery at Subway at 1101 Holman
- Dec. 5: Agg. Robbery-DW at Subway at 3518 S. Shepherd Dr.
- Dec. 5: Robbery at 2524 Rice Blvd. VIDEO
- Dec. 6: Agg. Robbery-DW at CVS 5401 Washington Ave.
- Dec. 6: Robbery at Walgreens at 5280 Buffalo Speedway VIDEO
- Dec. 6: Inv. Robbery at 5520 Weslayan St.
- Dec. 7: Agg. Robbery-DW at Trader Joe's at 2922 S. Shepherd Dr.
- Dec. 11: Robbery at 3102 Kirby Dr.
- Dec. 12: Agg. Robbery at 3411 Kirby Dr.
- Dec. 14: Robbery at 2183 Portsmouth
- Dec. 16: Agg. Robbery at Walgreens at 5202 Almeda
- Dec. 18: Agg. Robbery at 904 West Dallas
- Dec. 18: Robbery at CVS 917 Main
- Dec. 19: Robbery at Subway at 2803 Old Spanish Trail
Below is a map showing the locations of all the recent robberies since the beginning of the month.
Suspect Description: Black male, 30 to 40 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall to 6 feet tall, weighs 180 to 220 pounds, possibly a scar on the left cheek.
Vehicle Description: Was seen in a four-door gray vehicle in one of the Walgreens robberies and has also been seen leaving on a bike.
Crime Stoppers may pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect in this case. Anyone with information is asked to call 713-222-TIPS(8477) or submit online at www.crime-stoppers.org.
Surveillance videos below: