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Knife-wielding robber strikes again
Thursday, July 28, 2011


CAMDEN, SC (WIS) - A man police say uses a kitchen knife to rob Midlands businesses has struck again. Investigators believe the man is connected a string of robberies across the Midlands.


Click here to view a gallery of surveillance pictures of the robber
Security video at the Holiday Inn Express in Camden caught the crook lunging at the hotel clerk. The woman was forced to open the register and clean out the drawer before he took off, leaving the clerk unharmed.

A Kangaroo store was robbed a stone's throw from the hotel. Surveillance video showed the bandit buying a pack of cigarettes. When the clerk opens the register, the man pulled out his blade and demanded cash.

Business owners in Camden are shaken. "I'm a little scared," said Jose Villarreal, who owns "Gadgets."

He's worried the robber will strike again. "I don't want to go through what other people are going through," said Villarreal. "I don't want myself or my staff to go through that."

"I don't think he's done," said Camden Police Chief Joe Floyd. "He's been too active to just stop all of sudden."

Floyd believes the man in the video could be responsible for similar robberies in two other counties.

On Saturday in Lee County, a hotel clerk gave deputies a similar description of the man who robbed her with a kitchen knife. Floyd says the robber is known for going in and out of a store before making his move.

"If it doesn't feel right, you don't have to wait for something to happen," said Floyd. "Call us and say 'there's a customer in the store making me uncomfortable, have an officer come by' and we'll come."

Villarreal plans to do just that. "It could happen again and hopefully he gets caught, so the rest of us can feel at ease," said Villarreal.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/15153594/knife-wielding-robber-strikes-again

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