CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The FBI needs assistance in several unsolved armed robberies of Cleveland Family Dollar stores occurring over the last few weeks. It is suspected that a total of 10 armed robberies of Family Dollar stores located in Cleveland and East Cleveland may be connected.
The first robbery happened around 9:15 a.m. on September 16. Police say the suspect entered the Family Dollar store located at 12107 St. Clair Ave., walked towards the front register, pulled out a gun and ordered the clerk to give him money. He told the employees to stand in front of him before he ran out the store and jumped in a car. It is believed a second suspect, a getaway driver, was waiting for him.
The second robbery happened a few days later, on September 26. Three suspects walked into the Family Dollar store at 7415 Superior Ave. around 5 p.m. Witnesses say one of the suspects, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with white draw strings, had a gun, After demanding money from the registers all three suspects ran from the store.
They are also wanted for the robbery of a Family Dollar on September 30, 2015 at 5:15 p.m. in the 7300 block of St. Clair Avenue. Two suspects entered the store, one was armed with a handgun. One suspect jumped the counter and demanded all money from the register. The suspect handed all the money to the second suspect. Both fled the store. The suspects are described as black males, in their late teens and approximately 5'8" - 5'11".
A day later at 9:35 a.m. the 12107 St. Clair Ave. Family Dollar store was robbed again. The robber entered the store and acted as if he he was going to buy some candy. When the employee opened the register the suspect pulled out a black semi automatic weapon and demanded all money from the register. The suspect fled the store and met up with another suspect outside the store. Police think the the man outside was serving as a lookout. One suspect was wearing very distinctive dark blue jeans with white stars on the jeans.
These individuals are considered armed and dangerous. Tips can remain anonymous and can be provided to the Cleveland Division of the FBI at 216-522-1400. Reward money is available for information that leads to the identification and prosecution of the individuals responsible for these robberies.