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SALT LAKE CITY — Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a man involved in two armed robberies Saturday.

A man entered a coin-operated laundromat at 2149 E. 2100 South shortly before 9 a.m., according to Salt Lake Police Lt. Robin Heiden. The man brandished a knife and demanded money from one of the employees before stealing that employee’s car, Heiden said.

Police described the stolen car as a 2001 silver Chevy Cavalier with Utah license plate Y099WH. The car has a sticker in the upper right corner of the back window that reads “aloha.”

The robber struck again at about 2:15 p.m. when he entered the America First Credit Union at 3190 S. Highland Dr. and also demanded money while brandishing a knife, Heiden said.

Police believe the man was still driving the Cavalier for the second robbery.

Police did not give information about the amount of money taken or possible injuries at both robberies.

“Due to his aggressiveness, we ask anybody not to approach him but to contact police if you see him or that vehicle,” Heiden said.

The robber is described as a slim, 5-foot-8-inch black man in his 50s, with a scruffy beard that has some gray in it. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt, black pants, a white hat and black athletic shoes with white stripes on them.

Officials released surveillance images of the man and hope someone will recognize him.

“He did hit twice today so we want to try to catch up with him before he does anything else,” Heiden said.

Anyone with information about the man or the car is asked to contact the Salt Lake Police Department at 801-799-3000.

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