Sioux Falls Police detectives might be one step closer to tracking down the suspect they believe has been trying to take money from gas stations over the past month.
The most recent case happened early Monday morning at the Kum and Go on south Western Avenue. Officers were called there just after midnight. The description is similar to a robbery at the same station last Tuesday and a crime at another Kum and Go earlier this month. Officers believe he could also be behind a pair of robberies last month at the Lambo's store on west 49th Street
It's becoming an all-too-common call for police; the third attempted robbery at a Kum and Go store just this month. But this time, the suspect with the same description didn't get away with anything.
"What it comes down to is the clerk refused to give him the money, he turned and left the business," Police Sergeant Bob Harrison said.
The man never showed a gun or threatened that he had a weapon, another trait similar to four recent robberies. Police don't recommend anyone take a bold stand against a would-be robber. But in this case, it did the trick.
"Not giving up the money is something that a lot of businesses have a policy against. Their policy is you give up the money and let them leave. Get them out the door and lock the store down so they're outside and you're inside," Harrison said.
Another difference in this latest case is that investigators were able to get a very good description of what they believe the suspect was driving, which could lead them to their man.
"It led us to a specific vehicle, which will probably lead to a specific person," Harrison said.
And with that information, plus surveillance video and good descriptions, investigators hope they'll make an arrest before their suspect strikes again.
Sergeant Harrison notes that because the suspect in the five recent cases hasn't shown a weapon or threatened the clerk, he'll likely face a lesser sentence when he's caught and convicted. He says that's a calculated move some serial robbers consider.