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Store robbed 3 times in 2-week span, looking for suspect

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

He’s accused of robbing the same store three times in a two-week span, and now investigators are asking for your help tracking him down.

Saginaw Police said that on Nov. 7, a man walked into Bill’s Party Store, located at 2422 Mackinaw St., while the employee was in the back; he opened the cash register and grabbed between $120-$130 before running out.

Just over a week later, on Nov. 16, the same man walked into the store as the same worker was opening the cash register. The suspect grabbed cash from the till. While the employee tried to stop him, but the suspect was able to run off heading south on Thurman Street once again.

Later that week, on Nov. 19, a man matching the same description as the first two incidents got into the store through the back door. He approached the worker at the counter, showed him a knife and demanded cash. The employee hit the suspect with a wooden club, but the suspect was able to grab the entire cash register and take off through the back door. He was last seen running through Mackinaw Heights apartment complex.

"He grabbed the cash register and took the whole thing," Jim Forester said.

The empty register was later found in the rear parking lot of the apartment complex.

The Michigan State Police have now created a sketch of the suspect. He’s estimated to be around 6’ tall, weigh 160 pounds and has dark hair.

If you have any information, call Saginaw Police Detective Rick Thompson at (989) 759-1216. Or call CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-422-JAIL.

Bill Valasiss owns the party store. He said despite the theft and dangers that come with it, his doors will stay open for his customers.

"Good neighborhood. There's a lot of good people here, a lot of good ones," Valasiss said.

Those good people are what keeps Forester coming to work.

"I love this place. I've been here 50 years almost and I plan to continue," he said.

Click here to watch the raw interview with the store employee.

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