TEMPLE (October 3, 2013)—Police in Temple, Killeen, ,Belton and Georgetown are investigating a string of 25 armed robberies that authorities say they think were committed by the same man.
Texas Rangers and the U.S. Secret Service are also involved in the investigation.
Bell County Crime Stoppers is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
The first robbery was on Dec. 2, 2011 and the latest was on Sept. 11, authorities said during a news conference Thursday in Temple.
Temple Police Chief Gary Smith said investigators haven’t ruled out the possibility that others may have been involved in the robberies.
Security cameras captured images of the robber during many of the holdups, authorities said.
He appears to be either black or Hispanic and is 5-foot-10 to 6-foot-2 and weighs from 220 to 270 pounds with an athletic build.
He’s been seen dressed in a bright orange shirt and carrying a backpack, authorities said.
In each of the robberies he has displayed a handgun.
He has targeted restaurants, convenience stores and banks near apartment complexes, hotels or major streets.
He appears to have scouted the locations beforehand.
He has struck at either opening or closing times and when deliveries are being made and in some cases has entered businesses through rear doors.
And in many cases he has talked with his victims about his personal financial struggles.
No one has been seriously injured, although police say the robber has become aggressive with some victims.