Pantyhose Bandit is Picky About His Cash

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This vehicle has been linked to one of the robberies.

A masked gunman is on the loose in the metro and convenience store workers are worried. We’ve discovered a quirk in the kind of money he’s after.

Just after midnight on Monday a robber with pantyhose on his head ordered a customer to his knees at a Council Bluffs Eddy's on East Broadway.

The customer offered his wallet but the robber said, “I don't want your money. I want theirs," in reference to the convenience store.

For some reason, those who have seen the robber in action, say he targets company money and doesn't wait for the place to be clear of customers.

In fact, customers expecting to hand over their wallets or lose their valuables haven’t lost anything. He makes a point of not taking customers’ cash.

At a Speedee Mart the robber hit, a customer had $20 on the counter waiting to pay his bill. The thief didn’t take the customer’s money. Instead he went for the cash drawer with a suspected beef against business.

Council Bluffs Police call him "reckless" and "brazen" and they say he should be considered dangerous.

Sgt. Dave Dawson said, “Every place he's been, he's displayed a gun."

He struck again on Tuesday night - at the Walgreens on West Broadway. The robber in that case fit the description from at least four robberies that happened on Monday targeting Council Bluffs convenience stores and a Carter Lake hotel.

No one understands the hotel connection. Few hotels deal in cash.

Detectives from Omaha Police, Council Bluffs Police and Carter Lake Police have contacted Omaha Crime Stoppers to release information on the series of robberies.

This suspect is reportedly becoming more violent and detectives want him captured immediately. They’re asking for assistance from the public in identifying him.

Here are the cases with which the robber might be connected:

Robbery - 5031 Center Street
Sunday, June 22, 2014, 3:01 a.m.

Officers responded to a radio call to Walgreen's to investigate a robbery. The employee reported that the suspect entered the store, displayed a firearm and demanded money. After receipt of an undetermined amount of money, the suspect fled in an unknown direction.

Suspect:
White male, wearing all black, with a covering over his face

See “Walgreens” video attached.



Robbery - 1005 Dodge Street
Sunday, June 22, 2014, 3:39 a.m.

Officers responded to a radio call to Hilton Garden Inn to investigate a robbery. The employee stated that the suspect displayed a firearm and demanded money. The suspect fled on foot, across Dodge Street.

Suspect:
White male in his 20's, approximately 5'10", 170 pounds, wearing all black.

See “Hilton Garden” video attached



Attempted Robbery - 3321 S. 72nd Street
Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 2:58 a.m.

Officers responded to a radio call to Ramada Inn to investigate an attempted robbery. The employee stated that the suspect displayed a firearm and attempted to gain entry into the building. The suspect was not successful and fled in a white vehicle, possibly a Mercury Sable.

Suspect:
White male in his 20's, approximately 5'10", 170 pounds, wearing all black.



Robbery - 2508 W. Broadway St, Council Bluffs IA
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 10:28 p.m.

Officers responded to a radio call to Walgreen's to investigate a robbery. The employee and witnesses reported that the suspect entered the store, displayed a firearm and demanded money. After receipt of an undetermined amount of money, the suspect fled in an unknown direction, possibly in a white Ford Focus with IA plates.

Suspect:
White male in his 20's, approximately 5'10", 180 pounds, wearing all black.



Additional Cases
  • 06/22/14 at 0045 hours, Eddy’s gas station at 611 East Broadway, Sunday
  • 06/22/14 at 0137 hours, Kwik Shop at 1602 Avenue “G”, Sunday
  • 06/22/14 at 0207 hours, Microtel Inn & Suites at 2141 S. 35th St, Sunday
  • 06/22/14 at 0221 hours, Shell Speedee Mart at 3624 9th Ave, Sunday
  • 06/23/14, La Quinta, Carter Lake, Monday



Omaha Crime Stoppers is offering a combined reward with Council Bluffs Crime Stoppers in the amount of $2,000.00 for information leading to an arrest.

Anyone with ANY information is asked to contact Omaha Crime Stoppers at 402.444.STOP. You can also use the link on our Crime Stoppers page.


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