"Quick Pinch" bandit wanted by Las Vegas police
Las Vegas police are looking for a man they've coined the "Quick Pinch" robber, because he's able to get out with the cash in less than one minute.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Las Vegas police are looking for a man they've coined the "Quick Pinch" robber, because he's able to get out with the cash in less than one minute.
The suspect has reportedly hit at least 10 convenience stores since March, in the west part of the city from Flamingo Road to Charleston Boulevard, and Buffalo Road to Hualapai Way.
In surveillance video, the suspect enters the store wearing a black knit mask, black sweatshirt and black sweatpants. He draws his gun, goes behind the counter, points the gun at the clerk and demands cash.
Police said he's gotten between $20 and $200 each time. They said he strikes between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
Clerks at one 7-Eleven store in the robbery zone said their location was hit three times by the suspect.
Customer Laprrischa Ramsey told Action News, "It scares me to know I've come to this store and then it was robbed at gunpoint."
A Terrible's nearby as also hit by the suspect, according to an employee.
Police told Action News the robberies were sporadic in the beginning, but now they're becoming more frequent and more dangerous.
"In the first instance, he wasn't pulling out the firearm. But now, it's kind of like he's escalated in drawing his firearm right as he enters the convenience store," explained Metro Sgt. Steve Candelas.
The last robbery happened on May 18.
The suspect is described as a black male, around 5'8" to 5'10" and 150-170 pounds.
If you know anything about the suspect or the recent robberies, called Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.