Police believe same robber hit second Chesterfield business

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - The robber who hit a Chesterfield nail salon is believed to be the same guy in a second business robbery 24 hours later.

We now have surveillance pictures from the first crime, they're not the greatest, but police think this man held up a women's clothing store last night.

The two businesses are within walking distance. The latest case happened at Catherines Plus Sizes in the Pocono Crossing shopping center on Midlothian Turnpike.

Just like the first crime, the robber stormed in with a gun.

Catherines Plus Sizes opened for business Thursday, less than 24 hours after a gunman put two workers through what must have been a terrifying ordeal.

It was just after six Wednesday, two hours from closing, when the man walked in the door.  His face was hidden by a mask.

According to the store manager, the robber told the employees he wasn't here to hurt them. Before taking off with cash he told them to go to the back room.

They did and then locked the door once he was gone fearing he'd return.

Tuesday, a similar robbery happened just about a mile away at the Royal Nails Salon on Robious Road.

The surveillance pictures aren't the best. They show a man in a hoodie. Police think he was the one who targeted Catherines too!

Four workers there were about to close up the salon when he stormed in with a gun.

At Pocono Crossing, the crime spree is unsettling for Jake Springer who owns a business near Catherines.

"I think they were more or less targeting somebody who'd be cooperative; very easy to overtake," said Springer.

Springer said he'd be surprised if the robber struck twice in the same shopping center, but isn't letting his guard down.

"Is it scary, sure. Is it really scary? Not really scary compared to the other businesses in this strip mall. I feel our security system is fairly well stout," said Springer.

The robber's description is vague in both crimes.

No one was hurt in either case.

If you saw anything strange in the area -- either of the last two nights, leave an anonymous tip through Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

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