A man suspected in five armed robberies of local businesses is also suspected in recent robberies from Fort Worth to Austin, officials said.

Detectives with the Fort Worth Police Department issued a press release Monday seeking help identifying a man suspected in at least nine similar robberies in or near Austin, Waco, River Oaks and Fort Worth in the past four weeks.

The robberies connected to the man started Nov. 15 at a business in Austin, and the most recent robbery was Sunday evening at a Family Dollar in east Fort Worth, Fort Worth police said.

Two Boost Mobile stores in Waco, a Family Dollar in West, a Family Dollar in Bellmead and a Dollar General in Hewitt have been robbed since Nov. 21. Starting with the second local robbery, police have said after each incident they believed it was connected to previous robberies.

"We are working with multiple agencies and are working in a partnership to certainly solve our local robberies," Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said. "There is a strong chance that these robberies are related to several agencies, and we are working to determine if that is true. We are working and sharing information with the other agencies involved."

Fort Worth officers said the suspect has a "consistent" method during the robberies. The man will approach the clerk, indicate he has a weapon by either telling the employee or partially showing the weapon, and demand money from the register.

"On Dec. 10, the suspect took the clerk from the store into the parking lot, at which time the clerk was able to escape," the Fort Worth press release states.

No injuries have been reported in the robberies. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect is asked to contact local law enforcement agencies.

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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