PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Police are asking the public for help identifying a man they think could be connected to crimes in two cities.
Portsmouth police released new surveillance video from an ABC store, where officers say a suspect loaded up a cart with alcohol and walked out.
Police said the man walked in the store on London Boulevard back in June in the middle of the day. Over the course of nearly 10 minutes, cameras captured him getting a cart and making his way around the store, filling it up with top-shelf liquor.
“He actually looks into the camera a few times. You can see the way that he’s walking, his mannerisms,” said Detective Misty Holley.
The man takes his time and appears to be talking on the phone, but detectives don’t know if anyone was actually on the other end of the line.
“When someone’s on their phone, a clerk’s not going to approach you and ask you, ‘Is there something I can help you find?'” Holley said.
After a customer walks in, you can see the suspect with the cart roll it right out the door. Immediately, an employee hurries after him.
“Detectives believe that his first name may be Lashawn. He’s about 6’, 6’1 and it’s possible that he may reside somewhere in the Port Norfolk section of Portsmouth,” Holley said.
Police think he may be the same man in video from a robbery at the Hot Zone on Airline Boulevard days earlier. Video from there shows a man unloading a safe. Police said in both cases, no one was hurt.
“Detectives want to get the grand larceny suspect identified because he is this person of interest in these robberies that occurred in both Portsmouth and Chesapeake,” Holley said.
Chesapeake police said days after the ABC larceny, there was a robbery at the Gift Card Zone on Campostella Road. Detectives think it may be tied to the ABC larceny suspect. In that case, police said two men, including one who was armed, took money and stole from people inside the store.
If you know something about these cases, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.