Police say a recent string of gas station robberies in Burlington City and Township may have been committed by one person.
The "strong-arm robberies" occurred at three stations between Nov. 28 and Dec. 5, according to a statement Monday by the police departments of the municipalities.
The robberies appear to be related "due to the similar nature in which they were committed," the news release said. In all three cases, the robber stole cash and ran off. "The suspect in all three cases is described as a black male, approximately 20-30 years old, wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt and/or jacket, blue jeans and white sneakers," police also said.
The first robbery occurred about 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at Speedy Gas in the 2200 block of Mount Holly Road in Burlington Township. Police said a man asked the attendant if he could buy cigarettes. When the attendant went to retrieve them, he was struck in the head and knocked to the ground.
The man then rummaged through the attendant's pockets and stole cash before fleeing, police said.
Four days later, on Dec. 2, police were notified of a robbery at the Fuel Express at Route 130 and Wood Street in Burlington City. The robber attacked the attendant from behind as he was locking up around 10 p.m., police said.
The robber pulled the attendant into the cash register area, pushed him to the ground, and rummaged through his pockets before going into the register. Cash, several boxes of cigarettes, and the attendant's cellphone were stolen.
About 10 p.m. Dec. 5, a man approached the attendant at US Gas, High and Fourth Streets in Burlington City, and asked for change for a $50 bill. As the attendant went to the cash register, the man attacked him from behind, pushed him onto the ground and punched him, causing facial injuries. The man stole cash and the attendant's cellphone.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Burlington Township Police Department at 609-386-2019 or the Burlington City Police Department at 609-386-3300.