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Serial robber in Akron? Police search for unidentified suspect after 2 more stores hit Tuesday

These latest robberies come just days after a Family Dollar and Walgreens were robbed in Akron last week.

AKRON, Ohio — Two separate dollar stores were robbed within minutes of each other in Akron on Tuesday morning – possibly by the same suspect – according to the Akron Police Department. 

But that's not all...

Detectives say they also believe this same suspect may be involved with a pair of similar robberies that happened June 16 two businesses on Copley Road.

FIRST INCIDENT

It happened at the Family Dollar in the 900 block of South Arlington Street just before 11 a.m. Police say a masked man entered the store and demanded money from the clerk. He allegedly implied he had a gun, but police say no weapon was seen.

The suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.

SECOND INCIDENT

A few minutes later, police say the second incident happened at the Dollar General in the 900 block of Brown Street where employees “had a similar encounter.” Police say the suspect walked into the store at 11:06 a.m. “and showed the clerk a gun before demanding money.”

“The suspect’s robbery attempt fell a little short when the employee ran to the back of the store to alert other staff, causing him to dash out of the store without any cash,” police said.

The suspect had a similar clothing description for both incidents, which included a face mask, blue or black hooded sweatshirt and gray pants.

TWO COPLEY ROAD ROBBERIES

Last week, Akron police reported two separate robberies that happened within minutes of each along Copley Road at a Family Dollar and Walgreens. These are the incidents Akron detectives say could be connected with the two from Tuesday morning. 

You can watch surveillance video from last week's incident at Family Dollar in the player below.

RELATED: Suspect wanted for robbing businesses at gunpoint on Copley Road: Watch surveillance footage

Editor's note: Video in the player above was originally published on June 17, 2022, in connection with one of two Copley Road robberies.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Anybody with information is asked to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490 or the Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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