Police think 2 Richmond robberies are connected

Posted at 1:08 PM, Nov 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-03 22:21:58-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) -- Richmond police are investigating two robberies that occurred in the city's Southside Saturday night.

According to police, at 8:44p.m. a man walked into the Baskin Robbins at 6940 Forest Hill Avenue, where he demanded money. An employee denied the request, and told the suspect he was under video surveillance. The suspect then fled.

The employee who turned the robber away declined to go on camera, but said she never felt threatened, which is why she had the confidence to turn him away.

Moments after the attempted robbery at the ice cream shop, the Martins store on Stony Point Road was robbed. The description of the suspect at Martins was very similar to the description of the suspect from the Baskin Robbins robbery.

The suspect left with an undisclosed amount of money. He was last seen leaving the scene in a white Honda car.

Kim Dodson is a regular shopper at the store, which is down the street from her home on Robious Road. She was relieved she didn't need groceries last night.

"It does make you leery.  It makes you pay more attention to where you're at and your surroundings," Dodson said. "I'm glad I didn't have my child, I'm glad I didn't come last night."

Police describe the suspect as a white male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 184 pounds and between 30-35 years of age. He was wearing a dark blue ball cap and dark jeans, with a scruffy beard.

No weapon was displayed during the robberies.

If you have any information about the suspect, call Richmond police at 804-780-1000.