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Convenience store robberies more than double this year

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By: Jenn Schanz

Casey's at 40th and Adams and 13th and E, the Shop EZ at 70th and Colfax, South Street Liquor at 13th and South, and now another Casey' 4th and West Cornhusker.

That's five robberies in about a month.

Officer Katie Flood of the Lincoln Police Department says law enforcement has noticed a trend.

"There's definitely been an increase in convenient store robberies this year compared to the last two years, thus far we've had 20 convenient store robberies in Lincoln."

Compare that to 8 in 2012 and just 4 back in 2011.

No one has been hurt in any of the robberies, but surveillance photos show the suspect brandishing a knife, and taking off with money.

Super C General Manager Joel Larson says despite one of his stores being robbed at gun point this year, the trend doesn't alarm him.

He also says recent policies limit a robbery's success.

"We tell employees to continually drop money, they make regular drops into the time lapse safe so we don't keep a lot of money in the cash drawers," he says.

Police say it's too early to tell if they're all connected, but all crimes have a similar suspect description.

They're looking for a light skinned black male in his 20s, around 6 feet tall with an athletic build.

Police say he was wearing a mask over his face and dark clothing at the time of the robbery.

Larson says he  hopes police nab the suspect, but he also hopes the risk versus the reward might make them rethink striking again.

"So they're going to rob somebody with a weapon, a felony...and then they're going to walk away with 50 dollars, for that?"

If you have any information that could help with this investigation, you're urged to call Crime Stoppers at 402-475-3600.

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