CMPD: Starbucks robbery suspect linked to string of crimes

CMPD is asking for the public's help identifying and locating a serial armed robber.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There is an urgent search for a serial armed robber in Charlotte. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said the same man who robbed a Starbucks on Providence Road Tuesday night also targeted four other businesses in the past two weeks. 

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It’s a wake-up call for Starbucks customers like Colin Pillay.

“I think people should take a stand against it,” said Pillay. “If I was in there at the time I would defend myself.”

Police are asking for the public's help identifying the suspect. CMPD released surveillance photos of him Wednesday. 

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“This is usually a pretty safe area, so to know something like that could happen, particularly in the early part of the evening is pretty unsettling,” said another customer in the shopping area.

Before the latest robbery, police said the same man targeted four other businesses since mid-November. That includes a Dairy Queen and Smoothie King on Prosperity Church Road just days apart.

“That’s scary. Wow,”  said a customer near Starbucks. 

“It’s a big deal whenever you have armed individuals robbing businesses at a clip like this,” said Rob Tufano, a CMPD spokesman.

Tufano said investigators are concerned the situation could escalate and result in someone being hurt. 

“Be a good witness, comply if they’re just asking for your property give them the property,” explained Tufano.

“Police certainly have their work cut out for them and they need to catch this guy,” said a customer. 

Starbucks customers say they’ll be on alert too.

“I will keep my eyes out,” said Pillay.

Fortunately, no one was hurt in any of the robberies. If you have any information about the suspect you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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