NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Police in Norfolk and Virginia Beach say they are looking for a serial armed robber in connection with nine total incidents.
Both cities issued photos on Tuesday, showing a man wearing a mask and armed with what looks like a handgun.
Police say the man is wanted for five robberies in Norfolk and four robberies in Virginia Beach — all of which reportedly happened between May 4 and May 12.
In each of the five robberies in Norfolk, police say the man walked into a convenience store armed with a gun and demanded money from a store clerk.
“The more that he does, the more concerned that we get worried about it, “Norfolk Police Officer Daniel Hudson said.
A 26-year-old 7-11 employee told 10 On Your Side’s Brandi Cummings she and another employee were at work on West Little Creek Road, last Wednesday around 12:15 a.m. when the man walked in, pointed a gun at her, then demanded money and cigarettes.
The woman said she gave the man what he wanted but at the same time pressed the panic button to alert police.
She was frightened but considers herself lucky that she wasn’t hurt.
In the most recent incident, on May 12, Norfolk police say the man shot an employee at a Super China on Shore Drive. The employee was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and is expected to be OK.
The Norfolk robbery incidents happened on the following days:
- Thursday, May 4, around 12:25 a.m. — 7-Eleven at 7931 Halprin Drive
- Thursday May 4, around 11:05 p.m. — 7-Eleven at 1881 E. Ocean View Avenue
- Monday May 8, around 11:05 p.m. — 7-Eleven at 7431 Tidewater Drive
- Wednesday May 10, around 12:15 a.m. — 7-Eleven at 151 W. Little Creek Road
- Friday May 12, around 11:05 p.m. — Super China at 9553 Shore Drive
The Virginia Beach robberies happened on the following days:
- May 8 at 9:40 p.m. – 7-Eleven, 325 Kellam Road
- May 8 at 10:27 p.m. – 7-Eleven, 6673 Indian River Road
- May 10 1:39 a.m. – 7-Eleven, 3964 Holland Road
- May 10 at 1:59 a.m. – 7-Eleven, 5756 Northampton Boulevard
“Whenever you see multiple robberies, what they do is they commit the robbery, they commit the act itself and they think they’re getting away with it, so they will try it again,” Officer Hudson said.
Surveillance video obtained by 10 On Your Side from the 7-Eleven armed robbery on East Ocean View Avenue shows the crime happened in seconds.
It shows the suspect enter the store wearing a dark hoodie. He appears to usher the clerk behind the counter as a delivery driver appears to try and leave.
The driver was almost out of the door when the suspect runs after him and pulls him back by his shirt.
With a gun in his left hand, the suspect grabs something from the counter. Then, an unsuspecting customer walks into the store in the middle of the armed robbery.
The suspect points the gun at the woman, but she keeps walking. After the clerk empties the register, the suspect takes off.
Police said they need help to stop this criminal.
“It’s only time before we catch him. What we need is we need the public’s help to be the eyes and the ears for us on the street. Somebody knows something. He’s talking to somebody. So what we need them to do is call us,” Officer Hudson said.
The surveillance video proves that at any time, anyone can be caught in the middle of an armed robbery. Officer Hudson said there are things you can do to help police in case that happens.
“Make sure that you just do what they say, be the best witness that you can be and try and remember everything they had on, everything that they said and every place that they went,” he said.
Hudson admits remaining calm in a frightening and possibly tense situation isn’t easy. However, not doing that can have deadly consequences.
“Property can be replaced, lives cannot,” Officer Hudson said.
If you know anything about these robberies, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
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