String of armed robberies in Colonial Heights

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA (WWBT) - The search is on for the person responsible for a string of armed robberies in Colonial Heights.

The crime spree started late last night. During the robberies, the suspect wished the victims a Merry Christmas.

It began around 9:22 Wednesday night. Police say the suspect walked up to a Pizza Hut drive thru on Ellerlsie Avenue. The criminal demanded money. An employee slammed the window and called for help. The suspect took off.

"He displayed a semi automatic hand gun. He covered his face," said Officer Renee Walker.

About 30 minutes later and less than a mile away at Papa John's pizza restaurant was hit. In surveillance video of the crime - the suspect is dressed in dark colors. He walks in with his weapon drawn. After the employee hands over the cash the thief digs in the register to see if there's more money. On his way out he shouts a holiday message.

"He wished them a Merry Christmas and told another victim he was not going to harm her because it was Christmas," said Officer Walker.

The crook's crime spree didn't stop there. At 10:01 p.m. he entered a Subway store. The crime caught on tape again. The thief uses the collar of his coat to cover his face.

"He advised them they knew what it was. He demanded money from the subjects and the business," said Walker.

Police say in each case customers were not inside the store.

"We believe all three incidents are the same suspect. They were within a short time and proximity of each other -and the description by all of the witnesses match," said Walker.

If you have any information on these crimes contact crime solvers at 748 0660.

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