2nd Gas Station Robbery Has Familiar Feel

Posted at: 06/14/2013 3:38 PM
Updated at: 06/14/2013 6:19 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 News) -- Rochester police are looking for the public’s help after the second armed robbery in a week.

The most recent incident happened late Thursday night at the Greenway Co-Op gas station in southeast Rochester. The first incident happened late Tuesday night at the Holiday gas station of 2nd street southwest.

When police arrived here at the Greenway gas they heard a report that sounded very familiar, and not only that they heard a similar description of a suspect. Leading them to believe this robbery is related to the one earlier this week at a Holiday gas station.

Any time there is handgun involved in a robbery, the Rochester Police Department is especially concerned, but after two incidents in one week that concern has doubled.

"The lone gunman, described as a black male approximately 6 ft. tall entered the store presented the handgun and demanded money," said Captain Brian Winters.

Images released by police show the suspect in both robberies. In both images the suspect has a similar build, the same hairstyle, and has on the same red bandana.

"We're lead to believe this is the same person and it's a concern because this person may become more desperate and more brazen in his actions," said Captain Winters.

Workers from both gas stations declined to comment. A manager of another gas station here in town told us he was scared, especially for his late night employees. Police are asking that anyone with information give them a call.

"Often times these individuals can't keep this to themselves, they're going to tell somebody they are committing these crimes or someone knows they are, and if these people would come forward it could ultimately save someone's life," said Captain Winters.

Again police are asking the public to take a closer look at the suspect on the crime stoppers website.