West Family Dollar robbery

West police released a surveillance image of a man suspected of robbing a West Family Dollar store last weekend. The man is also a suspect in a Bellmead Family Dollar robbery from last week.

West Police Department photo

Police believe the robbery of a West Family Dollar store last weekend may be connected to the robbery of a Bellmead Family Dollar that also occurred last weekend, authorities confirmed Wednesday.

West police were called to Family Dollar, 125 S. Main St., at about 7:40 p.m. Sunday after a man wearing a black hoodie entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the cashier. West Police Chief Darryl Barton said the clerk complied with the suspect and gave him an undisclosed amount of cash from the register before the suspect left the store.

Barton said no customers were inside the store at the time of the robbery. No injuries were reported.

A similar robbery occurred at a Bellmead Family Dollar in the East Gate Plaza shopping center at 8:47 p.m. on Nov. 21, Bellmead police Sgt. Kory Martin said. He said investigators believe the two robberies may be connected.

Martin said a man entered the Bellmead business, asked a few questions of an employee and kept his hands in his pocket. An employee told police police that they saw a "large knife" in his pocket, but the suspect did not display the weapon.

The suspect then asked an employee to give him all the money from the cash register. He left the store with an undisclosed amount of money.

Bellmead police described the suspect as standing 6 feet tall, weighing about 250 pounds, wearing a black hoodie, blue jeans, with a tattoo of a cross on his forehead.

West police released a surveillance photo of the suspect Wednesday. Both agencies said they will be working together to help identify the suspect.

Anyone with information about the identity of the man is asked to call the West Police Department at 826-5311 or the Bellmead Police Department at 799-0251.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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