Police are trying to determine if any of the dozen or so weekend robberies are connected.
Several more occurred Sunday afternoon and evening, including a beauty supply store at 30th and Ames robbed around 2 p.m.
An employee of the Bucky's gas station/convenience store at 40th and Dodge told officers a man entered around 3:30 a.m. Sunday demanding money, alcohol and cigarettes. After receiving an unknown quantity of all three he ran from the scene. It is unknown if the suspect was armed, but the employee said he pressed something into his back like it was a weapon.
A few minutes earlier, a man entered the QuikTrip near 47th and Hamilton streets demanding money. He went behind the counter and took an undisclosed amount of cash, cigarettes and liquor.
Five businesses were robbed Saturday. The Four Aces convenience store at 30th Street and Huntington Avenue was hit just after 1 p.m. The man selected miscellaneous items, waited for them to be bagged, then announced he was robbing the place. The suspect showed a gun and stole money from a register. He then waited for another customer to check out, then stole money from the other register. The suspect was last seen running around the store and getting into a vehicle that was waiting out back.
A man asked the MidTown Gas & Grocery clerk near 24th and Poppleton for cigarettes around 6:15 p.m. When the employee turned around, the suspect pulled up his shirt showing a gun and demanded money. After receiving an undetermined amount of cash, the man ran away.
About 45 minutes later, police say a man entered the Valero's gas station near 30th and Erskine crying, telling the clerk he had been “robbed” by the “white man” and was now going to “rob” the “white man” back and demanded money from the register. The suspect never showed a weapon, but implied he had one. After receipt of an undetermined amount of cash, the man ran off.
At around 9 p.m., two teenagers came into the Howell's BP gas station near 52nd Street and Northwest Radial Highway demanding money from the register. After getting some cash they ran southbound toward Corby Street.
The QuikTrip clerk working at the location near 48th Street and Saddle Creek Road told police a man approached the cash register just before 11:30 p.m. and asked to buy a carton of cigarettes. When the clerk retrieved the cigarettes, the suspect said he was robbing the store and made a motion with a hand in his jacket, indicating he had a gun, though he never showed a weapon. After taking an undetermined amount of cash from the register and the cigarettes, he was last seen running southeast from the area.
“The gentleman walked in, put a gun about two inches from my head, so it was a little different." Alexander Raney is a recent victim. While working at the CD Tradepost near 79th and Dodge last Sunday, he was held up in the middle of the afternoon. "I've never had a gun pointed at my face before so it was definitely a nerve-racking situation."
Police did arrest 59-year-old Ulysses Harris for that robbery and charged him with six others as well. “Just nice to see justice,” said Raney.
After the Check Into Cash just a few doors down was robbed Friday afternoon, Raney would like to see more of these crimes solved. "I just wish people would stop robbing places, it's not worth it. The guy that robbed me took $88 and he's probably going to get five years in jail. Is it really worth it?"