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Armed robbery suspect hits multiple metro Phoenix grocery stores

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Grocery store workers have been the recent victims of armed robberies in March and April.

“There are several grocery stores in Chandler and Phoenix,” says Phoenix Police Sgt. Jamie Rothschild. “Some are Safeways and some are Albertson stores.”

The robber walks into the store and heads to a cash register.

“He tells or shows the employees that he has a gun and tells them to hand over money as well,” Rothschild said. “He then apparently leaves on foot because we don’t have a vehicle description.”

No one has been hurt.

It’s hard to tell whether the same person has committed all of the heists in this string of robberies because some of the surveillance pictures show a suspect with facial hair and in others the robber is clean-shaven.

Safeway has added $5,000 to the Silent Witness reward in this case, bringing the total to $6,000.

Read more about this case here.

Next: Tuesday, April 2,  just before 2 in the afternoon, a car stopped in the middle of the street in a neighborhood near Southern and 70th avenues.

“We have a brief clip of a video that shows a male, probably in his late teens, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, black shorts and he had a medical boot on his left foot as he got out of a gray, Chevy 4-door sedan,” says Rothschild. “He pulls out a weapon, fires it one time into the air and walks away.”

Rothschild says the gunshot definitely would have attracted attention and says this is a good reminder that when that round goes up it has to come down somewhere.

Read more about this case here.

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