WASHINGTON – D.C. police officers are looking for a man suspected of robbing or trying to rob at least six stores since mid-January.
“His crimes across the city are becoming more brazen,” says police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck.
The department released surveillance videos showing the man talking to employees before they open the register and hand over a stack of cash.
But Sternbeck says this case is even more disturbing: The man committed some of these crimes in broad daylight while bystanders watch. He doesn’t try to conceal his identity.
“This individual is robbing these establishments even while there are customers standing in line next to him,” Sternbeck says.
In one robbery, the man jumped on top of the counter. In another, he is armed with a gun.
The man’s face can clearly be seen on surveillance videos. Police describe him as a black male, about 40 to 45 years old, 5 feet 9 inches, 170 pounds, medium complexion, bald, thick rim glasses, with facial hair and a possible birthmark under his left eye.
“Somebody knows who this individual is, knows where he is hiding, and we just need help,” Sternbeck says. “Who knows at this point, how far this can escalate to.”
Police are not disclosing the amount of money he stole.
On Jan. 12, the person of interest displayed a gun and robbed a CVS on 40th Street NE around 9 a.m. The same day, he robbed a Dunkin’ Donuts just before 5 p.m.
Between Jan. 26 and Jan. 31, the man robbed or attempted to rob four other establishments.
Police are offering a reward up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest and a $10,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction.
Anyone with information about these crimes should call police at 202-727-9099 or text a tip to 50411.