DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Police said they have tied 25 armed robberies to the same suspect. They said he is robbing dollar stores all around metro Atlanta.
Thirteen of the armed robberies happened in DeKalb County. "This person is extremely dangerous," said DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander. "He's coming into the store armed with patrons being in the store."
The FBI has been called into the investigation because 12 more armed robberies have happened outside of DeKalb County. According to police, the same man is suspected in two robberies in Lilburn, two more in Atlanta, one in Lithonia, four in Gwinnett County and three in Henry County.
Authorities in Henry County released a photo of the man they say robbed the Dollar General store in McDonough Tuesday afternoon. According to authorities, the store on West Jodeco Road was robbed by a "male armed with a small, black semi-automatic handgun."
The suspect was dropped off by an older model silver Cadillac Escalade.
Police describe the suspect as about 20 years old, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds.
"Somebody knows this person," Chief Alexander said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference. "Somebody knows who this is and what I'm asking this community to do throughout the entire metro community, if you know who he is please give us a call."
Police said the man is targeting dollar stores. Every one of his robberies has been either a Family Dollar store or a Dollar General store. He has never hit the same store twice.
Because he is armed in every robbery, police feel they've been fortunate. "No one has been hurt at this point," Chief Alexander said. "But with the frequency we're seeing in this we have to make sure everyone is safe and we have to get this guy off the street as soon as we can."
Police are asking anyone who recognizes the suspect to call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS (8477)