Man armed with shotgun robs three stores, police see connection

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PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) - Police in three separate jurisdictions are investigating three commercial robberies in less than a week. Law enforcement believes the incidents are connected.

Last Wednesday, an armed man robbed the Valero on Oaklawn Boulevard in Prince George. Then, last night, two other incidents, one at the Quality Inn on Oaklawn in Hopewell and another at the ‘Stop and Go' in Dinwiddie.

In each case the suspect bursts through the door, wielding a shotgun and demands money. Police are hoping for your help because the dangerous man is still on the loose.

He was caught on camera! Around 10:15 Sunday night a masked man armed with a shotgun hits the Stop and Go on Route 1 in Dinwiddie. It's the last thing the store clerk was expecting.

"I thought, 'well it is coming!' So I just opened the cash register and gave him all the money," he said.

The Dinwiddie Sheriff's Office says the clerk did the right thing.

"If something like this happens, cooperate with the person, give them what they want. It's not worth the person getting hurt over," said Capt. William Knott.

Just an hour before that, police believe that very same man tried to rob the Quality Inn in Hopewell. Luckily, a clerk saw the shotgun wielding suspect when he entered the building and got out of the way. When that suspect saw no one was there to give him the cash, he ran off.

Early Wednesday morning, surveillance footage shows a man matching the description of the suspect in other robberies targeting a Valero in Prince George. Each time he conceals his identity, sometimes using a towel or sleeves to hide his hands.

"With so much material into the trigger guard of the shotgun there is a very good possibility he could accidentally shoot someone," said Prince George Lt. Brian Kei.

Now, the three jurisdictions are working to crack the case before someone gets hurt.

The clerk hopes, "Today or tomorrow they're gonna capture. They'll be punished. Justice will be done."

Police consider the man armed and dangerous. They also believe he had a getaway car waiting for him near each location. If you have any information, call your local Crime Solvers.

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