Serial robber striking East Valley businesses

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GILBERT -- Gilbert police officers are looking for a man who has been robbing businesses throughout the East Valley since October.

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Gilbert police Sgt. Mark Marino said the suspect has committed 15 robberies since Oct. 11.

According to Marino, the suspect enters the store and spends several minutes selecting an item for purchase and making small talk with the clerk. When the items are rung up at the register, the suspect presents a demand note.

In some incidents, he has lifted his shirt to show a handgun in his waistband or pocket.

The suspect then flees on foot into the parking lot.

Marino said the suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

Police are asking for the public's help to identify the suspect. Call 911 immediately if you see this person.

The suspect is described as a white male, 20 to 30 years old, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, 200 pounds/heavy-set with short, dark hair. He has a thin goatee in the center of his chin and a large dark mole on his right cheek. Both have been described as being fake.

In most incidents he wore a dark baseball cap and a long-sleeve buttoned shirt.

The robberies occurred at the following locations:

Oct. 11, Phoenicia Grill, 1150 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert

Oct. 11, Subway, 9221 E. Baseline Road, Mesa

Nov. 8, Payless Shoes, 1505 E. Warner Road, Gilbert

Nov. 11, Sally Beauty, 5052 S. Power Road, Gilbert

Nov. 21, Hallmark, 929 N. Val Vista Drive, Gilbert

Jan. 13, Sally Beauty, 15231 N. 87th St., Scottsdale

Feb. 4, Hallmark, 3755 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert

Feb. 13, Discount Cards, 6620 E. McKellips Road, Mesa

April 15, Payless Shoes, 4645 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix

April 16, Beauty Brands, 5009 E. Ray Road, Phoenix

May 15, Payless Shoes, 3855 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert

June 24, Famous Footwear, 2043 N. Power Road, Mesa

June 25, Payless Shoes, 5052 S. Power Road, Gilbert

June 25, Subway, 450 S. Sossaman Road, Mesa

July 27, Sally Beauty, 2733 N. Power Road, Mesa