By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer
Police believe two armed robberies Tuesday evening were the work of the same man and could be related to recent armed robberies in Farwell.
Sgt. Roger Grah of the Clovis Police Department said a Hispanic man in his late 20s or early 30s with sunglasses and a blue and white bandana across his face robbed the Hampton Inn desk clerk about 9:10 p.m. Tuesday. A man with a similar description robbed the Allsup’s convenience store at 2600 W. Seventh Street at 10:38 p.m. The man got about $270 from the Hampton Inn and $80 from the convenience store, Grah said.
One suspect in a pair of robberies at a Farwell casino last week was described as a black male wearing all black clothes with a black and white bandana covering his face.
A police report on the Allsup’s robbery said the robber noticed a customer in the back of the store near the coffee machines and ordered him to get on the floor.
Grah said the clerk and customer did exactly what they should have done during a robbery attempt — they did what they were told, and remembered as much detail as possible.
Grah said robbery victims should look for anything out of the ordinary, such as a robber’s tattoos, height, weight. Vehicle descriptions can also prove helpful, he said.
Grah said similar methods and suspect descriptions are the reason police believe the two Tuesday incidents may be connected to the Farwell robberies.