Coeur d’Alene police are investigating two armed robberies overnight, involving similar suspect descriptions, at a gas station and a drug store.
The first robbery was at a Tesoro service station at 2301 Sherman Ave. late Monday night.
A clerk told police a man in a black hoodie came into the store at 11:35 p.m.., asked about the price of cigarettes, then said he’d have to come back. He returned at 11:47 p.m., wandered around until other customers left, then approached the counter and lifted his shirt to display a handgun in his waistband.
The robber demanded money and the clerk gave him an undisclosed amount of cash. The man fled on foot.
At 1:15 a.m. today, officers responded to Walgreens at 335 W. Appleway for another robbery. (Watch the video.) The clerk said a man in a black hoodie came in and lifted his shirt to display a handgun in his waistband. He demanded money from the till but the clerk was not able to give it to him. The robber took some cigarettes from the counter and fled on foot.
Officers reviewed surveillance video that showed the suspect appear to get into a dark vehicle waiting outside the Walgreens. The vehicle drove east through the parking lot and left the area.
In the first robbery the suspect was described as white, 5-foot-6 and 150 pounds, brown hair, blue eyes, stubble on the side of his face, wearing a black cotton hoodie zipped all the way up with a white ball cap underneath, blue jeans and dusty black work boots.
In the second robbery he was described as white, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10, slender build, wearing a grey or white billed hat with a black hoodie pulled over it and blue jeans, and with two piercings on his upper lip.
Anyone with information on either crime is asked to call the police at (208) 769-2320.