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Police ask for help to identify suspects in string of armed robberies last month

Police are seeking help to identify   a suspect or suspects involved in several armed robberies between Nov. 17 and 29 i
Police are seeking help to identify a suspect or suspects involved in several armed robberies between Nov. 17 and 29 in Cedar Rapids. This image was taken from surveillance video during one of the Hy-Vee store robberies. (Submitted photo)
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CEDAR RAPIDS — Police are asking for the public’s help as they continue to investigate several armed robberies of restaurants and grocery stores that happened last month, between Nov. 17 and 29.

On Friday, investigators requested that if anyone can identify the suspects in the photographs to contact the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5491.

The photos were taken from surveillance video at the Hy-Vee store robberies.

Police haven’t confirmed if they are looking for one suspect or more.

Greg Buelow, city public safety spokesman, said earlier this that there may be a “correlation between the incidents and the person or people involved. However, each robbery is investigated based on the facts and evidence collected.”

Where the robberies happened

• 8 p.m. Nov. 17 at Subway, 555 Gateway Pl. SW: Suspect described as in his late 30s armed with a handgun. He ran from the store after demanding cash.

• 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at Hy-Vee, 3235 Oakland Rd. NE: Hy-Vee employee reported a clerk working in the wine and spirits section was robbed at gunpoint by a man wearing a black sweatshirt and black face mask.

• 7:59 p.m. Nov. 25 at Perkins, 3310 Southgate Ct. SW: The suspect entered the restaurant and displayed a handgun at the front counter, demanding cash. He left with an undisclosed amount of cash in a black SUV westbound on 33rd Avenue SW. Suspect was described as between 20 to 30 years old, 5-foot-8 with a “thin build,” and wearing a black sweatshirt with the hood pulled up, bluejeans and a black face mask.

• 10:27 p.m. Nov. 27 at Hy-Vee, 4035 Mount Vernon Rd. SE: The suspect was armed with a handgun, reportedly demanded cash and ran off with an undisclosed amount of money. He was wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt with the hood pulled up, black face covering and black beanie. He also was wearing a vest with a light blue outline.

• 10:50 p.m. Nov. 27 at Little Caesars, 3404 Mount Vernon Rd. SE: The suspect displayed a handgun and ran off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

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• 4:53 p.m. Nov. 28 at Hy-Vee Drugstore, 1520 Sixth St. SW: The suspect was wearing a white hoodie and black mask. He displayed a handgun, demanded cash and ran.

• 7:10 p.m. Nov. 29 at Subway, 555 Gateway Pl. SW: Suspect dwearing a black hoodie, displayed handgun and demanded cash, then ran off.

Comments: (319) 398-8318; trish.mehaffey@thegazette.com

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