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26 robbery cases could be connected in Norfolk, Portsmouth and Chesapeake

Posted at 10:19 PM, May 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-14 08:24:09-04

Norfolk, Va. - Police in three Hampton Roads cities need your help to take action against crime.  They're trying to find  the people responsible for a string of robberies.

Since April 10th, there have been 26 commercial robberies: 12 in Portsmouth, 10 in Norfolk and four in Chesapeake.

Police say they could be connected, and they need to make an arrest soon before someone gets hurt.

"The longer that they go, the more confidant they're going to get, and a lot of times the more confident they get, the more violent they get," said Det. Richard Overstreet with Portsmouth police.

Portsmouth police say there are at least four suspects committing the robberies in their city.

Two people are already charged for a robbery at a 7-11 on April 27.  Detectives say those suspects could be connected to some of the other robberies, specifically at other 7-11 stores.

That leaves two suspects they are still looking for, and police say they have very different personalities.

"One guy's very polite.  He won't point the gun, [says] 'I'm sorry,' or 'I didn't want to do this,' and then the other guy is putting the guns to their heads and threatening to hurt them, said Det. Overstreet.

It is a similar story in Norfolk, though police aren't positive yet if it's two different people in their city.

"We have a guy that seems almost compassionate to the people working at the businesses.  He makes it very clear he’s only there for the business's money and not for them and almost feels sorry for them... another circumstance where he's a little more aggressive, not causing violence, but he’s just more forceful in his actions," said Det. Mark Lowery with Norfolk police.

Police in all three cities say they are comparing notes daily, which is why they believe they can link some of the robberies from one city to another.

"When you're looking at height, weight, the firearm that's being used, the type of business that's being robbed, the gloves that are being used, [some of the cases] look very similar," said Det. Vernon Ryder with Chesapeake police.

In Norfolk, police say witnesses have also noticed a small, identifying feature on one of the suspects that could be either a birthmark or a tattoo under one of his eyes.

And in Portsmouth, police say in at least two cases there is a getaway driver - a woman in a dark-colored SUV with tinted windows.

Whether or not the suspects from the different robberies are working together and exactly how many suspects there are is still unknown.

Either way, police say they don't see an end in sight until the suspects are caught, and the key to doing that could lie with tips from the community.

If you have any information, no matter how small, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.  You'll remain anonymous and could get a cash reward.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is also offering a reward of up to $5,000.  You can submit a tip to them by calling 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477) or online to ATFTips@atf.gov

Below is a list of all the robberies.


  • April 10 – 7-11 at 5001 Portsmouth Boulevard
  • April 12 – Miller Mart at 2722 Airline Boulevard
  • April 14 – Exxon at 720 London Street
  • April 16 – Family Dollar at 3400 George Washington Highway
  • April 17 – Rodeway Inn at 1031 London Boulevard
  • April 17 – 7-11 at 3201 George Washington Highway
  • April 18 – Boost Mobile at 4209 Portsmouth Boulevard
  • April 19 – Riverwalk Inn and Suites at 333 Effingham Street
  • April 27 – 7-11 at 3500 Deep Creek Blvd – ARREST MADE
  • May 1 – Family Dollar at 3400 George Washington Highway
  • May 3 – Metro PCS  at 3206 High Street
  • May 8 – Boost Mobile at 4209 Portsmouth Blvd


  •  April 25 – Shell gas station in 2000 block of S. Military Highway
  • May 10 - Wilco at 3900 block Portsmouth Blvd
  • May 11 - Extended Stay at 3200 block Western Branch Blvd
  • May 11 - 7-11 at 3200 block Western Branch Blvd


  •  April 21 - 7-11 located at 1713 Colley Avenue
  • April 22 - Church’s Chicken located at 7600 Hampton Blvd
  • April 23 - MetroPCS located at 3016 E. Princess Anne Road
  • April 27 - Subway located at 4140 Granby Street
  • April 28 - 7-11 located at 1230 Redgate Avenue
  • April 29 - Shell Gas Station located at 3801 Hampton Blvd
  • May 6 - MetroPCS located at 155 E. Little Creek Road
  • May 7 - MetroPCS located at 3016 E. Princess Anne Road
  • May 11 - MetroPCS located at 3016 E. Princess Anne Road
  • May 11 - MetroPCS located at 4616 E. Princess Anne Road