VHS surveillance tape digitally re-mastered to find armed robber

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- For the first time ever, Phoenix Police and Silent Witness are trying to solve a cold case robbery with enhanced video.

The enhanced video provides a much clearer image of the perpetrator.

To reinforce that no crime goes unpunished, the Phoenix Police Department along with Silent Witness, took an old VHS surveillance tape and enhanced the video in hopes of closing the book on a five-year-old crime.

“We always talk about cold case murders and cold case rapes; we don't really talk about cold case robberies,” said Sgt. Darren Burch with Silent Witness.

The video showed a man robbing a 7-Eleven near 15th Avenue and Indian School.    

“He began to beat on the clerk, completely knocked him out, the suspect then goes to the back cooler and grabs some beer and then leaves the store. This is a strong arm robbery,” said Sgt. Burch.

Even though the whole thing was caught on tape, it was recorded on an old VHS tape that Sgt. Burch said was worn out. “Unfortunately, the quality was very poor and we didn't have the capability to playing it to show what the suspect looked like," he says.

After some digital re-mastering, police are now able to get a decent description of the guy. They’re looking for a Hispanic man believed to be 25 to 30 years old, six feet tall, and about 210 pounds. They say he took off in a large, two-door classic "hot rod" style car.

If you know anything about this, you're urged to call silent witness at 480-WITNESS. You could get $1,000 if it leads to an arrest.