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July 20, 2009

Phoenix police need help solving crimes on both sides of the Valley.

The first crime happened in the west Valley near Camelback Road and 83rd Avenue where a black man dressed in a suit entered a US Bank at a Safeway grocery store.

Phoenix Police Sergeant, Darren Burch, says this crime happened during the lunch hour on May 13, 2009.

“The suspect demanded money, or he would shoot the clerk,” Burch told KTAR’s Jayme West. “She complied with his demands and he left in an unknown direction with the cash.”

He is described as a black man between the ages of 40 and 45 and is 5 feet 8 inches tall to 5 feet 11 inches tall. He weighs approximately 180 to 190 pounds and has a medium build. His hair was pulled back to a small pony tail and he had a dark colored suit with sun glasses that had brown lenses.

The other crime occurred in the east Valley near Camelback Road and 16th Street. Burch says a Hispanic male did a “smash and grab” at a Sports Authority on April 27, 2009.

Sgt. Burch said it was 8 p.m. when the guy walked in, walked to the counter and smashed the top of a glass case. He grabbed two tasers, stashed them in a bag and took off in what appeared to be a gray Ford Mustang.

“What’s unique in this case is that may be the same suspect from a similar “smash and grab” at a Sports Authority store at 48th Street and Ray Road in November 2008,” Burch said.

He is described as a Hispanic man between 30 and 40 years of age with a shaved head. During the latest crime he had a cast on his arm.

Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Witness at (480) WITNESS.