Portsmouth Police investigating string of armed robberies

Posted at 3:14 PM, Apr 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-20 23:35:35-04

Portsmouth, Va. (WTKR) - Portsmouth Police are investigating a string of armed robberies.

The most recent incident happened at the Riverwalk Inn and Suites on Effingham Street on Sunday night.

"He walked in with the gun in his pocket and pushes the door open, pulls it out, cocks it and says, 'Come on,'" recalls a terrified clerk.

Police are looking for a person of interest but this person is not being called a suspect at this time. So far, eight businesses have been robbed.

The first happened early in the morning of Friday, April 10 when a man armed with a gun robbed the 7-11 at 5001 Portsmouth Boulevard.

Two days later, a man robbed the Miller Mart gas station at 2722 Airline Boulevard during the evening of Sunday, April 12.

On Tuesday, April 14, the Exxon gas station at 720 London Street was robbed just before Noon.

Then mid-afternoon on Thursday, April 16 the Family Dollar store at 3400 George Washington Highway was robbed.

Two more armed robberies were reported just after midnight on Friday, April 17th.

The first happened at the Rodeway Inn Hotel at 1031 London Boulevard and was followed by the 7-11 at 3201 George Washington Highway.

"They haven’t completely ruled out that they aren’t related but they haven’t been able to connect them all either. But there are similarities in all of these robberies – a firearm was used, they approached the clerk or employee and demanded money," Detective Misty Holley with the Portsmouth Police Department told NewsChannel 3's Todd Corillo Friday.

No one has been hurt in any of the robberies.

Portsmouth Police are asking anyone who knows about the robberies to Take Action Against Crime and call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.


Portsmouth 7-Eleven robbed at gunpoint

Portsmouth hotel robbed at gunpoint

Man wanted for robbing Family Dollar at gunpoint

Exxon robbery under investigation in Portsmouth

Man wanted for robbing Portsmouth gas station

7-Eleven robbed in Portsmouth