Three businesses robbed by armed gunmen Saturday, Sunday _lowres

Suspect sought

Three armed robberies of businesses in the capital city that occurred during an 18-hour period Saturday and Sunday left Baton Rouge police investigators searching for clues to see whether the crimes are related.

Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a police spokesman, said investigators have found no evidence that the three robberies — Leo’s Service Market on East Boulevard, which was robbed at 3:55 p.m. Saturday; an Exxon Station on Highland Road at 2:15 a.m. Sunday; and a Dollar General on Plank Road shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday — are related.

No injuries were reported in any of the robberies.

At Leo’s Service Market, 945 East Blvd., a man entered the store with a handgun and proclaimed he was there to rob the business and asked employees where they kept the money, Coppola said. He then jumped over the counter, grabbed a fistful of money from the register and ran off.

The robber is described as a black man in his mid 20s, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing about 160 pounds. He wore a black and yellow long-sleeve shirt, black pants and a white T-shirt over his face, Coppola said.

In the second robbery, a man armed with a handgun walked into the Exxon Station at 5295 Highland Road, walked up to the clerk working at the register and demanded money, Coppola said.

He took cash from the register, ran outside and jumped into a white, older-model U.S.-made car driven by another man, Coppola said. He did not have a specific make or model of the car.

The robber is described as a black man between 17-19 years old, about 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighing about 130 pounds, Coppola said. He wore a white T-shirt, khaki pants and a blue baseball cap.

In the third robbery, a man entered the Dollar General at 4017 Plank Road and appeared to be shopping when he selected items from several aisles as if he was going to buy them, Coppola said.

The man walked up to the cash register and as the clerk began to check out the items, the man pulled out a handgun, grabbed cash from the register and ran out of the store, Coppola said.

The robber is described as a black man, about 5 feet, 5 inches tall, weighing about 130 pounds, Coppola said. He wore a white long-sleeve shirt, blue pants, safety glasses and a black skull cap.

Anyone with information about any of the robberies may contact the Baton Rouge Police Armed Robbery Division at (225) 389-3845 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.