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Marana PD seeking armed robbery suspect disguised as construction worker

Published: Mar. 28, 2016 at 7:31 PM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:23 PM MST
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MARANA, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Marana police are seeking help from the public to find the suspect who robbed a Walmart while disguised as a construction worker.

Police said the suspect gave a note to an employee at the store, located at Ina and Thornydale roads, at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 26. He then displayed a handgun that was in his waistband.

His plan may have been conceived by observing construction workers and landscapers who cash their checks at the store every weekend.

While he did have a check in hand, all the information was crossed out, and written on the back were some very specific demands.

"He presented a check, but it had everything scribbled out on it," Marana police Det. James Jolly said. "On the back he had a list of demands. While the cashier was reading it, she looks at him. He pulls up his shirt, presents a gun, basically utters under his breath, 'Don't do anything stupid.' She ends up giving him cash value, he flees the store."

The suspect is described as a black man in his mid-30s, from 6'1" to 6"3" tall.

He was wearing a white construction hat with a blue bandanna underneath. He had blue jeans and black shoes, according to police.

Witnesses reportedly saw the same man milling around outside the store earlier that morning.

That suggests he was possibly casing the place, police said.

When he saw multiple construction workers come and go, his method of operation may have been set into motion.

Last year, a similarly dressed man - who appeared to be a construction worker or landscaper - robbed the Walgreens near Silverbell Road and Coachline Boulevard.

At this point, police do not think the cases are related.

The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information, please call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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