PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The Portsmouth Police Department is warning citizens to be vigilant after a recent series of armed robberies in the city.
At a press conference Monday afternoon, spokeswoman Detective Misty Holley and Portsmouth Police Captain Rusty Venters said investigators don’t think the same person is responsible for all six robberies over the last week.
In each case, police say a man walked into a business, displayed a handgun and demanded money. The first one happened at the 7-Eleven on Portsmouth Boulevard. Other robberies happened at a Family Dollar, and Exxon gas station, a Miller Mart and the Rodeway Inn.
Detectives say the guns used in the robberies appear to be different, so that’s one reason why they think the incidents involve different suspects.
“We’re not confident that they are the same people. We’re looking at different options. We don’t believe it’s one person committing all of these, no,” Captain Venters said.
Police have released surveillance images of a “person of interest” in these cases. He’s not a suspect, but detectives think he may know something that could help the investigation.
Police say witnesses and surveillance video have helped put some of the pieces together, but they need more tips to solve the cases. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect/s in this case. Additionally, the Portsmouth Crime Line is also offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. If you have any information that could help identify the suspects or the person of interest, please call 1-800-LOCK-U-UP℠.