BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The search is on for a man believed to have robbed more than a dozen stores in the Baltimore area. The FBI is asking for the public’s help to put him behind bars.
Rick Ritter has more on the crazy spree of robberies.
The suspect robbed 14 stores in less than two months–hitting some multiple times. He’s still on the loose and considered to be armed and dangerous.
Surveillance photos shed only a glimpse of the man police say is behind a bizarre spree of armed robberies.
“They’re putting customers in danger, they’re putting employees in danger, they’re putting law enforcement officers in danger,” said Supervisory Special Agent Patrick S. Dugan, FBI.
Not one, not two, but 14 stores have been robbed in just weeks–all in the Baltimore area.
“He enters the commercial establishments, announces a robbery, displays a handgun,” Dugan said.
Each time, the suspect has gotten away with cash in seconds before striking elsewhere days later.
“We know at least one individual is involved. There could be others,” said Dugan. “A lot of times these events, these acts, take place relatively quickly.”
Investigators say the suspect hit two stores in an East Baltimore shopping center alone–robbing each one twice in just weeks.
“That’s a pretty brazen act,” Dugan said.
One of the stores was Edem Kudjari’s Radio Shack.
“He just came in, acted like a regular customer, walked around for a little bit,” Kudjari said.
But things quickly took a violent turn.
“When other customers left, he walked up to the register and was like, ‘You know what it is,’ and basically flashed a gun real quick and boom,” Kudjari said.
The FBI is hoping someone can identify tehe 6’2″ suspect in the surveillance photos before one of the robberies turns tragic.
“It would be a lot easier for everybody. It’d be a lot more peaceful,” said Kudjari.
“We want to get this person off the street now before anything bad happens,” Dugan said.
If you have any information about any of the robberies, you are asked to call the Baltimore division of the FBI at 410-265-8080.
Investigators are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for anyone with information that leads to an arrest in the robberies.
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