EAST VINCENT - A manhunt continues for a masked individual, considered armed and very dangerous, after he allegedly robbed two more area convenience stores late Sunday night.
The individual at large has been described by witnesses and surveillance camera images as a black male, 26 to 30 years of age, 6'3", medium to stocky build, wearing a dark blue windbreaker, ski mask, and blue jeans. He's robbed four establishments at gunpoint since Thursday night, Sept. 2.
According to Royersford Police Officer Don Long, the individual entered the 7-11 Store on Lewis Road and Spring Street, Limerick, around 8:50 p.m. Sept. 5.
"He walked into the store brandishing a small semi-automatic pistol," said Long. "He demanded money from the cashier and left with an undetermined amount of money."
Long said upon arrival on the scene, he saw what appeared to be an individual running towards the Wawa on Route 422.
"I called for a K-9 unit to assist on the scene," said Long. "I was aware of the robbery that occurred at the 7-11 in Phoenixville on Friday and everything that occurred here was similar. During our investigation of this robbery, we received word of another robbery."
According to Lt. William Mossman, Phoenixville Police Department, the alleged robber walked into the CVS Store, 3425 Schuylkill Road, East Vincent Township around 9:20 p.m.
"Apparently, an employee was leaving the store and this individual pushed her back inside the store," said Mossman. "He walked in with the pistol out, approached an employee, demanded money, and left the store."
Mossman said the robber left the store, walked across the parking lot, then ran up the hill, and across Route 724 towards Jones Motors.
The Conshohocken K-9 Unit, already dispatched to the 7-11 Store in Limerick, arrived at the CVS Store and began walking the perimeter of the store. The K-9 Unit, along with several police officers, trekked across Route 724 to an open field behind Jones Motors where the robber was last seen headed.
Mossman said Phoenixville Police Officer Matt Clements brought the department's night vision kit, consisting of a monocular and biocular goggles, while West End Ambulance provided additional police officers with their thermal imager.
Approximately 14 law enforcement officials searched the entire field behind the PJAX Building, including inside the surrounding buildings and rooftops.
Several bloodhounds of the K-9 Search and Rescue Team were brought to the CVS Store in an attempt to pick up any scent left by the armed robber.
Mossman said the man police officials are searching for is the same individual who pulled off two other armed robberies in the area.
"He fits the description of the man who robbed the 7-11 Store on Nutt Road last Friday afternoon, and John's News Agency down the road here in East Vincent around 8 p.m. Thursday night (Sept. 2)," said Mossman. "It appears this individual is becoming more and more brazen with each robbery. He's very mobile, being since he managed to hit the Limerick 7-11 and then this CVS within a 30 minute span."
Assisting at the scene was Phoenixville Police Department, East Vincent Police Department, Royersford Police Department, Conshohocken K-9 Unit, Upper Uwchlan Police Department, K-9 Search and Rescue Team, and Pennsylvania State Police, Embreeville Barracks.
If anyone has any information regarding these crimes, police are urging the public to contact Detective Sgt. Tom Goggin or Phoenixville Police at 610-933-2440 or dial 9-1-1.