Posted: May 26, 2011 5:48 PM by Michael Shingleton
Updated: May 26, 2011 6:50 PM
BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police are still looking for a man who held up two short term loan companies on Greenwell Springs Road near Monterrey.
The first happened this morning around ten. Less than ten minutes later another store about a mile from the first was hit.
The suspect got away with over $1,200, and investigators say he fled in a navy blue, older model Chevy Malibu.
These armed robberies come less than three months after the same stretch of Greenwell Springs Road saw a string of "smash and grab" burglaries. In March, five businesses were hit overnight.
There's no word if there's a connection at this time, but Baton Rouge Police detectives obtained surveillance video from one of the cash advance stores.
Store employees were traumatized by Thursday's crimes. One victim described her brief encounter with the armed suspect as horrifying, and all she could do was pray.
One of the store managers said the suspect was acting as if he was using a pay phone (which News 2 learned doesn't work) when he followed an employee into the business and demanded cash. He then directed the employee into a closet at gun point as he rummaged through the building looking for more loot.
Baton Rouge Police officers patrolled the area throughout the day but were unable to find anyone matching the description.
If you have any information, please call Baton Rouge Police.