by: Liz Artz Updated:
ATLANTA - Police departments across metro Atlanta are looking for an armed man who they think has robbed as many as 10 local CVS stores and gotten away with tens of thousands of dollars.
Police say in all of his robberies, the suspect has been on a dark green mountain bike, and in some cases was wearing a helmet. The fact that he's armed and committing the crimes early in the morning when employees are alone in the stores has police concerned.
At least 10 CVS clerks and managers have fallen victim to the armed robber; they say the man has been on a five-month crime spree, targeting CVS pharmacies. He has managed to get away with more than $30,000 by bike, according to police.
“He knew exactly what he was doing where he wanted to go in the store," Douglas County police investigator Trent Wilson said.
Investigators said the suspect uses a handgun to get the clerk to lock the entrance, orders the manager and employee to the back room where he forces them to empty tills from the safe. In less than five minutes, the man left the Douglasville store with $8,000. Police said most of the robberies have occurred early in the morning.
“It concerns me for the employees he’s choosing a time when they're the only ones in the store,” Wilson said, adding that the stores are not busy during the times he chooses.
In Dunwoody- the suspect was seen wearing a mask and bike helmet. In Douglasville- he was wearing a green hoodie and wind suit. Police said he has hit multiple locations in Cobb County and is due to strike again.
“He’ll make a mistake,” Wilson said.
Investigators said they think the suspect parks nearby and rides his bike to his car. The stores are not in close proximity to one another, they said.
Police said they are also working to determine if the man is a former CVS employee.
Anyone who recognizes the man or has information about the incidents is asked to contact Dunwoody police at 678-382-6900.