Early morning armed robberies believed to be connected

Published On: Apr 28 2014 11:08:57 AM EDT   Updated On: Apr 28 2014 03:47:43 PM EDT

The Palatka Police Department and St. Johns County Sheriff's Office are investigating armed robberies that occurred early Monday morning and are believed to be related.

Just after 1:30 a.m. a man walked into a Kangaroo gas station on North State Road 19 in Palatka, pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded money, according to Palatka police.

Chief Gary Gretchell said the clerk described the robber as a man wearing a mask, gloves and a blue jumpsuit. Because the robber was fully covered, the victim was unable to get a better description.

According to Gretchell, the robber escaped with an undisclosed amount of money. The clerk was unharmed.

At about 2:20 a.m. a robbery was reported at a RaceTrac gas station near the intersection of State Road 207 and Interstate 95 in St. Augustine.

St. Johns County deputies said a man entered the store and walked around a food display near the front door. He then approached the night manager from behind and pointed a gun toward him and ordered him to the cash register.

The robber directed the manager and an associate to the front, where the manager placed an undisclosed amount of money into a plastic bag, police said. The robber then left the store and went north.

A clerk saw a dark sedan travel south on State Road 207 but was unable to provide any additional information.

The robber is described as a black man, about 5 feet 7 to 5 feet 9 inches tall and 170 pounds, wearing a dark blue jumpsuit, a blue and white knitted cap, black boots and black knitted gloves.

Detectives who canvassed the area said they found some possible physical evidence along with surveillance footage.

Investigators believe the armed robberies are connected.

Anyone with any information about the man's identity is asked to call Detective Chris Collins of the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office at 904-209-3981 or Crime Stoppers at 888-277-TIPS (8477).


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