Police asking for help in search for 'Mustache Bandit'
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is asking for help. They're looking for a man they've deemed the "Mustache Bandit."
Police say he's responsible for nine armed robberies throughout south Las Vegas over the last two months.
"I would consider him armed and dangerous from some of the things I've seen in the video," said Lt. Ron Fox, LVMPD's Robbery Detail.
Police say the suspect has walked into at least nine businesses in the valley. He threatens customers and employees with a gun and then leaves with cash he grabs from the register.
Police say the suspect targets strip malls, usually sandwich shops and electronics stores. They also say he doesn't seem to mind who's inside while he's committing these crimes.
Many times teens and children were present while these robberies were taking place. Police worry that although no one has been injured, these acts of violence could escalate if the "Mustache Bandit" continues on his crime spree.
"Suspects evolve and when they evolve, they either become more violent or they start to change the way they do business," said Fox.
"They get weapons and they escalate in violence and sometimes they can get out of control, if we don't have early intervention."
That's why Metro needs your help. If you recognize or know anything call police so they can catch the "Mustache Bandit" before he strikes at another Las Vegas business.
The "Mustache Bandit" is a white male in his late 30s to mid 40s. He is 5-feet 10-inches to 6-feet 2-inches talll and 200-220 pounds.
Police say he leaves the scene of the robberies in a white pickup, sometimes driven by another white male.
If you know anything that could help police, call Crimestoppers at 385-5555. You can remain anonymous and you might be eligible for a cash reward.