A man believed to be behind about one dozen recent hold ups in the Philadelphia suburbs has apparently struck again this time in Chester County.
Just earlier this week, police released a surveillance photo of the alleged serial robber accused of targeting several grocery stores in Bucks and Montgomery Counties.
In the most recent incident the man, described as being in his mid 20s to early 30s who has a medium build, brown hair and a light beard or goatee, walked into the Acme at 39 Leopard Road around 7 p.m. Thursday and presented a demand note to the teller at the Citizens Bank branch inside the store, according to Tredyffrin Township Police.
The note stated that the man -- who was wearing a blue hoodie and red baseball cap -- had a gun, according to investigators.
The bank teller handed over about $1,700 to the suspect before he fled the store, according to police.
Upper Dublin Police released a photo of a suspect who targeted a Citizens Bank inside the ACME in New Britain Township, Bucks County Friday night between 6 and 7:30 p.m. He also allegedly stole from the PNC Bank inside the Giant supermarket in Souderton, Bucks County last Thursday as well as the Bank of America inside the Weiss Market in East Norriton, Montgomery County back on Nov. 1.
On Monday, police released new surveillance pictures of the suspect during one of the robberies last week.
Police also say the same man robbed a Saladworks in Horsham Township, a Lukoil in Upper Moreland Township, a Jimmy Johns in Upper Dublin and a Giant Supermarket in Lower Gwynedd Township last October.
Police say while the suspect never pointed the gun at any of the victims, he still made them aware that he was armed during each incident. During the Giant Supermarket robbery, police say the suspect handed a teller a note similar to the one in the most recent incident -- the note said he had a gun and wanted cash. During the Saladworks robbery, police say he showed the two employees inside that he had a gun by his waistband.
“He displays the handgun to the clerk and demands the cash,” said Upper Dublin Police Det. Michael Commer.
During the robberies in October, police say the suspect wore a black jacket with the words “Sports Illustrated” on it and a red baseball cap. During the November robberies, police say he wore a bright blue or teal jacket.
They also say the suspect drives a Silver Honda Accord, which was captured on surveillance video in the parking lot of the Giant Supermarket.
An armed robber also targeted a Dairy Queen in Upper Moreland on Oct. 29. Police have not yet revealed however whether that incident is connected to the alleged serial robber.
If you have any information on the suspect, please call Upper Dublin Police.