Norfolk police investigating after four 7-Eleven robberies occur at three locations in one day

Posted at 10:37 PM, Jan 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 16:22:42-05

Update: Police have now captured the man who they say robbed a 7-Eleven store in Norfolk and shot an employee. 

At 3:30 p.m., police arrested 38-year-old Kevin Bristow in the 100 block of Suburban Parkway.  

Norfolk, Va. - Police in Norfolk are investigating after three different 7-Eleven stores were robbed in less than 24 hours. One location was hit twice.

The first incident occurred at the location on 8489 Chesapeake Boulevard just after 2 a.m.

The robber handed a bag of chips to the clerk  and then he pulled out a gun and demanded money.

The robber then shot the clerk as the employee was working to open the register.

The clerk who was shot suffered non-life threatening injuries.

This same location was robbed again later on Wednesday night at 9:56 p.m.

No injuries were reported the second time.

The second location in the 1200 block of Redgate Avenue, called in the report of the robbery at 8:44 p.m. Again, they say the suspect was armed. No one was injured.

The third location was hit on 1115 Colonial Avenue. Calls came in at 9:07 p.m. about this robbery.

The suspect in the first two robberies has been described as a black man in his mid to late twenties, around 5 feet 10 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, khaki pants, black gloves, black mask and carrying a black backpack.

The suspect in the third robbery has been described as a black man around 5 feet 10 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, khaki pants, and a black and white bandana covering his face. He was also seen carrying a black backpack.

It has not been confirmed that these incidents are connected, though customers say it doesn't matter whether they are connected or not, they are tired of robberies happening in their area.

"This is definitely a 7-Eleven that kids come to on their own not late at night but definitely during the day," and "It's concerning".

Clerks at the stores on Thursday were not allowed to talk on camera, but told Newschannel 3 they don't feel safe at work with the recent rash of robberies. They hope the company will help them add security measures to their stores so that they can feel safer while at work.

Norfolk Police say if you ever find yourself in a store when a robbery occurs to comply. Their advise is to do what the robbers say and try to remain calm. Police say they understand that going through a robbery is  a highly stressful, freighting, and emotional taxing, however, they want you to be safe. They ask that instead of being a hero and trying to stop the suspect, to be the best witness you can be. Try and remember as much as you can from what the robber said, to how they looked, and where they went. Then call 9-11 immediately.

If you have any information that could help police solve these cases, please call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.