Police said an armed robbery at a Boost Mobile location on Waco Drive on Tuesday night may be connected to several dollar store robberies in nearby cities in the past two weeks.

Police were called to Boost Mobile, 2514 W. Waco Drive, at about 7:30 p.m. after a man entered the store and displayed the handle of a firearm to an employee, Waco police Sgt. David Conley said. The man did not point the weapon at the employee, but he demanded money and the employee complied.

The suspect, described as a heavy-set man, wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up over a hat, left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. The employee reported that the man walked north toward North 26th Street, Conley said.

No injuries were reported in the robbery.

Conley said the description of the suspect and the method of the robbery were similar to robberies of dollar stores in Bellmead, West and Hewitt within the last two weeks.

Bellmead police are investigating a robbery at the Family Dollar in the East Gate Plaza shopping center that happened Nov. 21. Police said the suspect, described at standing 6 feet tall, weighing about 250 pounds and having a tattoo of a cross on his forehead, wore a black hoodie and black jeans at the time of the robbery.

The Bellmead suspect displayed the handle of a weapon, but did not pull the weapon out during the robbery.

About a week later, West police reported a man robbed the Family Dollar at 125 S. Main St. The suspect entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the cashier. The man, wearing a black hoodie with the hood pulled up over a hat, took an undisclosed amount of cash from the business and left.

Hewitt police are investigating a robbery at the Dollar General at 505 N. Hewitt Drive that happened last Friday. Police said the suspect was wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up over a hat and displayed the handle of a handgun to a cashier and robbed the store. The suspect in the Hewitt robbery was also described as having a tattoo on his forehead.

The agencies are working together in locating the suspect. No arrests had been made Tuesday night.

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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