NORCROSS -- A cell phone store bandit who targeted seven stores this summer has hit another location, police said on Friday.
The latest incident occurred on Aug. 31, and Gwinnett police said the same vehicle was seen in most of the incidents, a silver 2001 to 2004 Lexus GS300 or Lexus GS430. Half of the robberies have been Metro PCS stores.
Gwinnett Police Cpl. Jake Smith said the suspect, captured on video in each of the previous incidents, which date to May 26, usually produces a semi-automatic handgun from his waistline and confronts employees.
Smith said the suspect is believed to be a black male with a light skin tone, about 5-foot-8 and about 150 pounds.
The suspect typically orders employees into a back bathroom or closet, and completes the robbery in less than two minutes.
In the Aug. 31 incident, at 5050 Jimmy Carter Blvd. in Norcross, a Metro PCS location, a Sony laptop and about $2,077.18 in cash was reported stolen from the cash register. The store owner described the suspect in the incident as "a black male in his 20s with a shiny diamond earring, and handsome-looking" with a professional and calm demeanor, according to an incident report.
The store owner in the latest incident told police that surveillance equipment wasn't working because the memory was full and due for repairs.
Six of previous robberies occurred in unincorporated Norcross, while the other occurred in unincorporated Lilburn.
Anyone with information on this suspect, or this robbery series, should contact detectives at 770-513-5300. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at 404-557-TIPS, or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org.
Previous robberies have occurred at:
Metro PCS at 4864 Jimmy Carter Boulevard, on May 26
Sprint at 3292 Stone Mountain Highway, on June 2
Boost Mobile at 5200 Jimmy Carter Boulevard, on June 20
Metro PCS at 6780 Dawson Boulevard, on July 10
T-Mobile at 4771 Britt Road, on July 16
Metro PCS at 5345 Jimmy Carter Boulevard, on July 22
PD Wireless at 6056 South Norcross-Tucker Road July 24