Police looking for man who robbed Cary convenience store with semi-automatic handgun

CARY – Cary police are looking for a man who robbed a convenience store with a semi-automatic handgun Thursday night.

At 8:14 p.m. Cary Police Officers were dispatched to a hold up alarm at a convenience store at 296 Cary-Algonquin Rd.

The clerk explained that the suspect entered the store alone and asked to buy a pack of cigarettes. The suspect then removed a black semi-automatic handgun from his front pocket and demanded money from the cash register, according to a news release.

The clerk handed him between $200 and $300 and the suspect then fled on foot. It's unknown if there was a vehicle parked nearby, the release said.

Surveillance video showed the suspect was not wearing a mask or gloves. He is described as a black man between 25 and 30 years old. He is between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-9 and 150 pounds. He was wearing a black hooded coat, black hat, light blue jeans, and grey/white shoes.

Elgin Police reported a similar incident earlier Thursday night, and Cary officers are consulting with them to see if the robberies are related.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Cary Police Department Investigations Section at 847-639-2341 or Cary-Grove Crime Stoppers at 1-800-762-STOP.

Individuals providing information to Crime Stoppers may be eligible for a reward, the release said.

- Jim Dallke