TAMPA — Police are searching for a man they say robbed three businesses four times in about a week.
On Aug. 7, police say the man robbed China Garden at 5715 N Nebraska Ave. Four days later, he attempted to rob the Walgreens at 2115 E Hillsborough Ave. but was thwarted by a cane-wielding customer. Later that day, he robbed the China Garden again wearing the same clothing as he had that morning, police said.
On Sunday, police say, he robbed the Family Dollar at 6825 N 22nd St.
Each time, the man covered his hand with a bag or towel and pointed it at the clerk and demanded money, police said.
Police describe the man as a light-skinned Hispanic or black male, about 18 to 25 years old, 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds with a thin build. During the two robberies on Aug. 11, he wore a baby-blue sleeveless hoodie with a white t-shirt underneath, blue jeans and dark shoes. The hoodie has "971" embroidered on the back and a black vertical stripe on the right side with the letters "WMA" in white.
Those with information to help capture him are asked to call Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at 1-800-873-TIPS.