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Cops: Suspect Sought For Series Of Robberies In Manhattan

Police are looking for a suspect who they said is wanted in connection with a series of commercial robberies in Manhattan. (credit: NYPD)

Police are looking for a suspect who they said is wanted in connection with a series of commercial robberies in Manhattan. (credit: NYPD)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police are looking for a suspect who they said is wanted in connection with a series of commercial robberies in Manhattan.

In each case, police said the suspect walks into grocery stores, newsstands or other shops, pulls out a gun, ties up the employees and then takes off with cash, cigarettes, phone cards or lottery tickets.

The first incident happened back on Nov. 27 when cops said he stole $2,000 in cash, $1,000 in New York State Lotto scratch off tickets and $500 in prepaid phone cards from a store on Lexington Avenue.

Then on Dec. 3, police said he stole about $1,000 from a grocery store on the Upper West Side.

More than a month later on Jan. 30, police said he stole more than $4,000 from a newsstand.

The latest incident happened on Feb. 15. Police said he made off with $2,000 in cash and cigarettes from Mike’s Smoke Shop on First Avenue.

The suspect is described as a white male between 40 and 50 years old, about 5-foot-8 with a medium build. He was last seen wearing a black Chicago White Sox baseball hat with the word CHICAGO printed across the front.

Police released surveillance images from the incident in January as well as a sketch of the suspect.

A sketch of a suspect wanted in connection with a series of commercial robberies in Manhattan. (credit: NYPD)

A sketch of a suspect wanted in connection with a series of commercial robberies in Manhattan. (credit: NYPD)

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visit CrimeStoppers.com or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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