Suspect Sought in String of Oceanside Robberies

The robberies happened at convenience stores in Oceanside between Oct. 13 and Dec. 4

By Monica Garske
|  Thursday, Dec 5, 2013  |  Updated 3:08 PM PDT
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    Police are investigating a string of six armed robberies at convenience stores in Oceanside and looking for the suspect who carried out the crimes.

    According to officials, the robberies have occurred over the past two months under similar circumstances.

    Each case involves a man who enters the store with his face covered with a shirt or bandanna and demands cash and cigarettes from a clerk. The robberies have all occurred between 11:30 p.m. and 1:40 a.m.

    Investigators said the first robbery in the series was on Oct. 13 at a Circle K store located at 1990 College Blvd.

    The suspect – believed to be a Samoan or Hispanic man between 20 and 25 years old – entered the store armed with a small, silver revolver and demanded money and cigarettes from a clerk. The lower half of his face was covered with a shirt of bandanna. He’s described as 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 with a heavy build.

    Since then, officials said there have been six similar robberies allegedly committed by the same man. His image has been captured time and time again on surveillance video.

    The suspect has been armed with different weapons, including a gun, knife and screwdriver, but no clerks or customers have been injured in the robberies.

    Officials said the most recent robbery in the series happened Wednesday just after midnight at a 7-Eleven located at 2255 Mission Ave. This time, the suspect was joined by an accomplice who followed him into the store. This second man was also caught on tape, and is described as an 18 to 20-year-old Hispanic or white male with a thin build.

    The robberies between the first and last incident happened as follows:

    • Oct. 16, just before 1:30 a.m., at a 7-Eleven located at 2850 Thunder Dr.
    • Oct. 25, 11:35 p.m., at Mohsen’s Gas located at 3213 Mission Ave.
    • Oct. 31, around 11:45 p.m., at Mohsen’s Gas located at 628 S. Coast Hwy.
    • Nov. 8, just before 1 a.m., at a 7-Eleven located at 1749 S. Coast Hwy.
    • Nov. 26, around 12:40 a.m., at a Circle K store located at 1801 S. Coast Hwy.

    Anyone with information on this robbery series or suspect(s) should contact Oceanside Police Det. Bill Wallace at (760) 435-4892 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
     

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