The Hewitt Dollar General was robbed over the weekend, and police believe it may be connected to at least two recent Family Dollar store robberies in the Greater Waco area.

At about 9:30 p.m. Friday, police were called to Dollar General, 505 N. Hewitt Drive, after a man wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up over a hat entered the business. The man asked an employee which register was open before he displayed the handle of a handgun from inside the hoodie and demanded money, Hewitt Police Chief Jim Devlin said.

"The employee said he never pulled out the weapon from his pocket, but just showed the handle," Devlin said. "She cooperated and removed an undisclosed amount of money from the register and the suspect exited the store."

The man was last seen walking east toward Hewitt Drive, Devlin said. No one was injured during the robbery.

Devlin said the suspect, described as a man with a tattoo on his forehead, is believed to be the same man who robbed a Bellmead Family Dollar about two weeks ago and the West Family Dollar last week. The agencies are working together to identify the suspect, Devlin said.

No arrests had been made by late Monday morning. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hewitt Police Department at 666-1661, 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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