By Janice Gregorson
A man wearing a distinctive jacket with a large number 9 on the front is being sought in connection with two convenience store robberies today.
Police Capt. Brian Winters said the man is a suspect in separate SuperAmerica stores robberies at 7:10 a.m. and 12:33 p.m.
The first occurred at the SuperAmerica at 1520 2nd St. S.W. The second at the SuperAmerica at 601 11th Ave. N.W.
In both cases, the suspect entered the stores and claimed to be armed and demanded money. In both cases, he fled after getting small amounts of cash, officials said.
Witnesses at the second robbery linked the man to a car seen leaving the area at a high rate of speed and traveling east. The vehicle was described as a 1980s foreign model, boxy-style car either burgundy or red in color. No injuries were reported.
In both cases, the man was described as white, 5-foot-9-inches tall, 180 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes and wearing a dark jacket with a large number 9 above the left breast area. There is additional writing on the back of the jacket.
Surveillance videos from the morning robbery have been released, and police are asking that anyone with information regarding the possible identity of the suspect call police at 285-8200.
Winters said the man is considered dangerous, and the public should immediately contact law enforcement if he is seen.
The early afternoon robbery actually was the third of the day. Shortly after 3 a.m., police were called to the Kwik Trip at 4120 U.S. 52 N. There, two masked men entered the store and displayed a knife and demanded money.
There has been a rash of robberies in the past week. Last week, there were robberies at the Travelodge Motel, another Kwik Trip and another SuperAmerica convenience store.