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Clearwater Police in search of man who robbed four convenience stores in 24 hours

Posted at 9:53 AM, Nov 22, 2016

Clearwater Police are trying to track down man who has robbed four convenience stores in 24 hours. 

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In each case the man walked into the store wearing a hooded sweatshirt, tied tightly around his face, implied to the clerks that he had a weapon and then demanded money.

The man left in a 2003 or 2004 four-door Nissan with a spoiler. 

The first robbery happened around 3:20 Monday morning at a Speedway gas station on Drew St. in Clearwater.

Later that morning, deputies in Pinellas County confirm the same suspect robbed the clerk at the JK Food Store around 10:45 Monday morning.

Roughly 20 minutes later, the man returned to Clearwater and robbed R & S Market Deli on State Road 590.

"We've had three within less than 24 hours, we had two within 8 hours," said Rob Shaw with Clearwater Police. "We want all the convenience stores to be on high alert for this individual."

A clerk spoke to ABC Action News Tuesday about the terrifying moment she came face-to-face with the robber. 

"It was so crazy," said the clerk with R & S Market Deli. "And at that time I just froze and I wasn't really doing anything. That's when he came around, went to the register and grabbed the money." 

A manager at the deli chased after the man, slashing a tire of the man's getaway car. 

His latest target: the 7-Eleven on Drew Street around 2 o’clock Tuesday morning.

Surveillance pictures released from two of the cases show the man making a concerted effort to conceal his face with his sweatshirt.

He is described as 5'5"-5'9" tall and thin, wearing jeans, gray gloves and a red Ron Jon sweatshirt pulled over his face.

Surveillance video from the R & S Market Deli shows the man wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt. 

"Whether he has a gun or not, who knows. Each time so far he hasn't been violent but you never know when that person might just snap and if somebody resists, somebody says or does the wrong thing, who knows what he might do," said Shaw.