The Richmond Register

Crime

January 2, 2014

Six stores robbed in less than six weeks

Babylon grocery hit Thursday night

RICHMOND — The recent string of grocery/convenience store robberies continued Thursday night as the Babylon International Grocery on South Second Street was hit.

According to police scanner transmissions and a campus crime alert issued by Eastern Kentucky University, a white man in his late 30s carrying a pistol robbed the store shortly after 8 p.m.

The grocery is about two blocks from the university campus.

According to the campus alert, the suspect had gray facial hair, wore a gray toboggan, a green hoodie and black gloves.

He ran away on foot toward Wellington Avenue.

In December, Richmond police, along with the federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Fire Arms law enforcement agency, announced a $6,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect believed to have committed four robberies from Nov. 30 to Dec. 10.

The first robbery occurred Nov. 30 at the Bybee Grocery off Irvine Road. The D&G Food Mart on East Main Street was robbed twice on Dec. 6 and again on Tuesday. The Red House Road Redi Mart was robbed on Dec. 8, and the Kingston Shell on US 421 was robbed Dec. 10.

Anyone with information about any of the robberies is asked to contact RPD’s Criminal Investigations Unit at 623-1162, Ext. 3002, or email: police@richmond.ky.us.

According to an RPD report, D&G employees told officers that a man brandished a large knife Tuesday and ordered them to open their registers. He then removed the cash drawers and fled.

Officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect, the report stated.

He was described as a white man about 5 feet, 7 inches or 5 feet, 8 inches tall with an average build. He was wearing a black hoodie and/or a dark blue jacket and had a cloth wrapped around his face, the report stated.

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