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Raleigh Police Seek Public's Help Finding Suspect In 9 Robberies

Posted December 18, 2003 6:20 a.m. EST

— The Raleigh Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a man wanted in connection with nine armed robberies of small specialty shops -- six in Raleigh, as well as three in other jurisdictions.

Detectives said their suspect is a brazen armed robber who is not afraid to hit in broad daylight -- and has hit one location twice.

Among the stores robbed are Kookaburra Kids, Triangle Nutrition and the Raleigh Cat Clinic. All of the stores are in North Raleigh, and police say all were robbed by the same man.

According to investigators, he also held up a store in Wake Forest and Durham. They also think he is casing the places out before he robs them.

Police said it may not be the stores so much as the people who are behind the counter that attract the suspect. Each of the boutiques is operated by a female.

The suspect is described as being in his 20 or 30s, between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall, and weighing between 150 and 170 pounds.

He has displayed a black handgun, and the lower portion of his face has been covered during the robberies.

Anyone with information that might be helpful to investigators is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department at

(919) 890-3555.