Serial Robber on the Loose in Utah

Serial Robber on the Loose in Utah

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Stacey Butler ReportingPolice say a serial robber who has hit five Salt Lake area businesses struck again today. Those hold ups have been on Salt Lake's east bench, and now police are asking for the public’s help.

Police say the same man struck a gas station Wednesday afternoon armed with what he claimed was a gun. They say he's becoming more brazen and fear what he'll do next.

Yalda Akhondzada, Gas Station Clerk: “I was scared. I thought he was going to shoot me or something."

In the late morning of the fourth of July the man entered a gas mart on Foothill Drive, wearing a green hooded pullover jacket and dark sunglasses.

Yalda Akhondzada, Gas Station Clerk: “He had gun inside his shirt. He asked me to give him the money and he told to go under the table for ten minutes, do not move or anything."

After the man left Yalda called Police. Her employer immediately drove to the gas mart to make sure she was okay.

Ghula Sadiqui, American Gas Mart: “She was really scared and she was outside and she was not in her normal mood."

The day before, also in broad daylight, police say the same suspect walked into a Dry Cleaner's on Parley's way and walked up to Sue Bowman who was also working alone.

Sue Bowman, Dry Cleaning Employee: “He had under his coat what would be a gun.”

Sue handed the man about a hundred dollars and he took off.

Sue Bowman, Dry Cleaning Employee: “I tried to keep my head, just remain calm and made sure I looked at him."

What she saw was a skinny, pale man in his mid twenties or thirties about five feet ten inches tall. He was wearing a green hooded pullover jacket. His most distinguishing feature is heavy acne and scars on his face.

Police say the same man struck three other businesses in the same area in the last two weeks. Now they're asking for the public to help.

Det. Kevin Joiner, Salt Lake City Police Dept.: “If we've got some citizens who are noticing someone with a pock marked face, we really need those phone calls."

Police say each of the clerks handled the situation well. They calmly handed over the money and did as they were told.

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