An armed robber threatened a Circle K clerk with a handgun and demanded money from the register early Tuesday morning, according to Yuma police.
The robbery was reported at 3:18 a.m., with officers responding to the Circle K, 1415 E. 16th St. According to Yuma police, a man entered the store armed with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk.
The clerk gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of money, and he left the area in an unknown direction. The clerk was not injured.
The suspect, whose face was covered, was described as approximately 5 feet 6 inches and about 180 pounds.
According to the Yuma Sun's archives, this is the fourth armed robbery to happen since Halloween, with others being at an area gas station, a pizza delivery shop, in a taxi cab and a Family Dollar store.
Sgt. Leanne Worthen of the Yuma Police Department said investigators have not ruled out the possibilities that all of the robberies could be connected.
“It is something they are considering,” Worthen said. “It is too soon to say. Detectives are looking for any similarities or trends between them.”
On Nov. 30, two suspects robbed the Domino's Pizza, 712 S. 4th Ave., at gunpoint shortly after midnight. The armed men, who were wearing masks over their faces, pointed the handgun at the manager and demanded money. After taking all the cash from the register, the suspects fled on foot.
On Nov. 21, a man entered the Barney's at 2830 S. Pacific Ave. just before 10 p.m., displayed a handgun and demanded money from the clerk. After the clerk gave him an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect escaped in a newer-model gray Toyota Camry with a Fisher advertisement plate on the rear of the vehicle and driven by another person.
On Nov. 17, a taxi cab driver was robbed at gunpoint at about 1:10 a.m. in the 2500 block of West 24th Street by a passenger he had picked up.
At approximately 10 p.m. on Halloween, two masked men, one armed with a handgun, entered the Family Dollar Store in the 400 block of South 4th Avenue and demanded money from the cashier. After taking an undisclosed amount of money, both men left the store and fled the area.
YPD asks anyone with any information about the Circle K case to call Detective Robert Trabue at 373-4679, or 78-CRIME to remain anonymous.
Business Safety Tips
• Keep as little money in the cash register as possible, especially large bills.
• Do not count cash in the presence of customers when clearing the register, particularly at closing time.
• Criminals do not want to be visible. They do not want a police officer or other witness, who may be passing by, to see them with a weapon in their hand.
• Both the interior and the exterior of a business should be well illuminated to deter criminals from hiding in shadows or poorly lit areas.
• Don't block windows with advertisements/posters.
Keep a sharp lookout
• Observe whether anyone might be watching the store or loitering. If the person does not leave, call the police.
• Greet each person who comes into the store. Criminals don't like eye contact. If possible, have several employees work the same shift.
• Have surveillance cameras.