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Irving police seek robbery suspect

IRVING -- Police appealed for help Tuesday to identify a bandit who investigators believe may be responsible for two holdups at gasoline stations in the city in the past month.

Investigators released a photograph of the man that came from a store surveillance camera during a May 5 robbery.

In both cases, the man took a small amount of cash and packs of cigarettes, police said.

The holdups began on April 24 at a Chevron at Loop 12 and Union Bower Road. The bandit walked into the station, brandished a handgun and took a small amount of cash and numerous packs of cigarettes.

Investigators believe the same bandit entered a Chevron at 4125 Texas 183 at about 10:35 p.m. on May 5. The man placed some items on the counter to purchase, then demanded money from the register, police said. He did not display a weapon, but he threatened to shoot the clerk if he did not comply, police said.

The bandit fled after taking a small amount of cash and five packs of Newport cigarettes, police said.

He jumped into light-colored four door vehicle with a sunroof, police said.

Witnesses described him as a Hispanic man, about 18 to 21 years-old with dark hair, average height and weight.

Anyone with information should call Irving police at 972-721-2518.