Police seek help searching for Buckhead Bandit

by: Tony Thomas Updated:

Atlanta police released a series of surveillance videos Tuesday night hoping to identify the man.

ATLANTA - Atlanta police are trying to identify a man they've dubbed the Buckhead Bandit.

Detectives believe he's robbed as many as 10 stores in recent weeks, all along Peachtree Street.

Several businesses in Buckhead have been struck along with one midtown pharmacy and two businesses in Brookhaven.

"He is very casual. He seems to have done this before. He is not nervous at all," said Sgt. P. Spann with the Atlanta Police Department.

Spann said she believes the man lives in the Buckhead area since most of the businesses hit are within walking distance of each other.

"He kind of walks into the business very cool and calm. He approaches the cash register as if he's going to make a purchase," Spann said.

One of the victims, Shqwandra Moore, said she's now worried every evening as she works at a Buckhead Subway shop.

"Once it gets dark and I hear the bell ring, you just don't know," Moore said.

She and her husband were held up last week.

"He said, 'Don't move,' and I was like, 'What are you talking about, don't move?' and when I looked up the gun was pointed at my face," Moore said.

Atlanta police released a series of surveillance videos Tuesday night hoping to identify the man.

They said he's robbed a variety of businesses ranging from CVS Pharmacies, to Subways, to a Radio Shack and a Mattress Firm store.

In one video released by police, the man is seen talking on a cellphone during the robbery with a gun tucked in his waistband.

In a holdup at a CVS, he mimics a gun with his hand as he stares at the clerk, and then lifts his shirt to show what appears to be a real gun.

"He's getting approximately $200 to $300 at a time," Spann said.

Moore said the bandit was bold enough to return to her store as a customer, just four days after holding her at gunpoint.

"I know it sounds crazy but he came back in, I guess just to see. I don't know what he was looking for," Moore said.

Police are asking anyone who can identify the man to call the Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.

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