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July 14, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) --  San Diego Police Department Robbery Unit detectives, in cooperation with detectives from the National City and El Cajon Police Departments, are investigating a series of commercial robberies that began in May, 2012. 
The same suspect is believed to be responsible for at least 9 commercial robberies throughout the county.   Four cases occurred in San Diego, four cases occurred in National City and one case occurred in El Cajon.

The most recent case occurred on July 11 at about 5:40 a.m. when the suspect robbed the 76 Gas Station located at 3252 University Avenue in North Park. The suspect was holding a black semi-automatic handgun when he walked into the convenience store portion of the station and approached the clerk at the counter.  The suspect demanded money from the register and the clerk complied.  The suspect walked westbound out of the store and was last seen driving northbound on Bancroft Street in a light-colored sedan. 
The suspect is generally described as a black male, between 28 and 40 years of age, 5’ 8” to 6’ with a muscular to heavy build, wearing a dark beanie cap.  In most of the cases, the suspect wore a heavy black jacket with a hood with a gray lining, black and white athletic shoes and dark gloves.  He is also described as having a dark complexion with a flat nose.  In one case, the victim believed he was missing two upper teeth.       
The suspect was captured on nearby surveillance video just prior to committing the latest robbery.  Copies of the video are available at the San Diego Police Department Headquarters Broadway customer service counter.  
Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the San Diego Police Department’s Robbery Unit at (619) 531-2299 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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