Police Looking for Robbery Suspect

Posted at: 01/17/2013 5:23 PM
Updated at: 01/17/2013 5:29 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 News) -- The Rochester Police Department is looking for the public’s help after the second robbery in a week.
Papa Murphy’s in Rochester was robbed Wednesday night around 7:30 p.m. and no suspect was caught.

Not only is the this the second robbery in a week, it's the second time in two months that this Papa Murphy’s has been a target. Leaving neighboring businesses a little on edge.

As the store owner of Cap N Cork Mike Beyers says a possible robbery is always in the back of his mind.

"If I have an employee regardless of who that is, that's my biggest concern," said Beyers.

But after hearing of the third robbery in months next to his store.

"I was surprised."

"An employee working in the front of the store saw a white male come in with gloves and pull a mask over his face," said Lt. Moilanen.

Lt. Casey Moilanen of the Rochester Police Department says Wednesday night the suspect entered Papa Murphy’s and demanded money. He then fled the store leaving behind only a description.

Papa Murphy’s was also robbed last month A robbery at Woody's liquor store earlier this month also matched the description.

"So were looking at a possible links and connections and any other evidence," said Lt. Moilanen.

The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-twenties around six feet tall. Officers scanned the area for several hours after the incident.

"Often we look for witnesses to talk with and business owners in the area," said Lt. Moilanen.

T-Mobile next to papa Murphy's was also robbed this summer. The three incidents have business owners in the area looking at more security options.

"We've thought about putting cameras up in the parking lot as well," said Beyers.

Beyers has his own security camera system in his store which he hopes that keeps it from being a target in the future.

"I think every business owner looks at trying to prepare themselves the best they can to insure the safety of their employees and their customers," said Beyers.

Again police are asking anyone who has any information to come forward. They are also asking neighbors to keep watch and call if they see anything suspicious. The robber got away with less than $200 dollars from the store.