Police say robberies may be connected

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer

Two recent armed robberies at Seventh Street convenience stores may be connected, according to the Clovis Police Department.

Police have made no arrests and have no suspects in the crimes that occurred four blocks apart in the evening hours of Feb. 15 and Tuesday, said Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel.

The two robberies share “striking similarities,” Schoeffel said.

The suspect in both cases attempted to purchase gum, and then pointed a hand gun wrapped in a blue handkerchief or bandanna at the clerks and demanded cash, police reports show.

The suspect in the Feb. 15 robbery of an Allsup’s at 2600 Seventh St. said he would shoot the clerk if an alarm button was pushed and then walked out of the store with $38 cash, according to the report.

And in Tuesday’s robbery at Town & Country at 2200 Seventh St., the suspect demanded cash and left on foot with an undisclosed amount of money, Schoeffel said.

The suspect in the robberies was described as a Hispanic male, who wore a dark colored sweatshirt, with hair described as shaved or almost shaved.

Witnesses described the suspect as 5-foot-1 to 5-foot-3. Age was estimated between 17 and 24.

Detectives are looking at suspect photographs, Schoeffel said.

Police seized a store surveillance video from the Allsup’s, but the camera was not working at the Town & Country, Schoeffel said.