IDAHO FALLS — Idaho Falls police are searching for a male suspect who robbed a Maverik store early Tuesday morning — the fourth armed robbery the city has seen in the past three weeks.
Police say the suspect entered the store, located at 2625 W. Broadway in Idaho Falls, just after 2 a.m. He then threatened a female clerk with a handgun while demanding money.
No one was injured in the incident.
Police say the suspect was wearing a green stocking cap, a black jacket, white and black gloves and light blue pants with white stripes on the legs; he also had a blue bandana covering his face. They describe him as a thin, white male who is approximately 5 feet 6 inches in height.
Police are asking anyone with information about the crime to contact the Idaho Falls Police Department at 529-1200 or Crimestoppers at 522-1983.
The incident follows three other armed robberies that have taken place in Idaho Falls in recent weeks.
A male wearing a black ski mask robbed the Subway restaurant on East 17th St. on Sunday night; he threatened two employees with a rifle while demanding money at the drive through window.
That suspect drove away in a stolen, white, Chevrolet Impala, which police later discovered on N. Fanning Avenue.
Another male robbed the Phillips 66 store, located at 495 W. 17th St., on Dec. 22. He threatened a female clerk there with a handgun and demanded money.
Police have said that suspect is about 5 feet 7 inches tall and has a medium build; he was wearing a black hoodie with a white diamond logo on the front of it, black jeans, black and white Chuck Taylor sneakers, gloves and a ski mask when he committed the crime.
The Midget Market on G Street was also robbed at gunpoint on Dec. 12; 19-year-old Michael John Maggio, of Idaho Falls, has been charged in that incident.
Joelyn Hansen, public information officer for the Idaho Falls Police Department,
said it isn’t unusual to see an increase in crimes at this time of year.
“It’s (something) we try to be aware of and make sure we’re staying on top of,” she said, adding that it’s not uncommon to have stores robbed around the holidays when people are shopping more, or have cars, filled with packages, burglarized. “There are more opportunities there.”
Hansen said they don’t believe any of the recent crimes are connected at this point, but they are still investigating the incidents. She encourages anyone who has information about any of the armed robberies to contact police at the phone numbers listed above.