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Knife-wielding robber strikes again in Turlock
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Turlock Police are looking to identify the man believed to have robbed two stores with a large kitchen knife. - photo by Photo Contributed

The Turlock Police Department is looking for a man believed to be responsible for robbing two Turlock convenience stores at knife-point in the preceding week.

No injuries have been reported at either robbery, though in both cases the suspect threatened the store clerks with a large kitchen knife.

The most recent robbery happened around 2 a.m. Tuesday at the Chevron gas station at 2901 Geer Road.

The robber entered the store and asked the clerk if he could have a glass of water. As he stepped toward the counter he pulled out a large kitchen knife and demanded the clerk open the cash register.

The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the store, just as a Turlock police officer walked into the store, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Russ Holeman.

The clerk told the officer of the robbery and he advised other officers of the incident. Officers from Cal State Stanislaus saw the suspect run through the parking lot and across the campus. A perimeter was set up around the area. The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department brought in a K9 to track the suspect, but he ultimately was not located and is believed to have slipped away prior to the perimeter being set up.

The other robbery occurred around 9 a.m. April 25 at the Quik Stop at 1260 Geer Road.

The suspect entered the store and almost immediately threatened the clerk at knife point, according to the police report.

The suspect walked behind the counter to the register and took an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect threatened the clerk that he would return if the police were called and then fled the area.

The suspect is described as a black male adult between the ages of 18 to 25 years. He stood about 5 feet, 7 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call 668-5550.