Robberies could be connected to same ‘very tall’ man, police say

Robberies could be connected to same ‘very tall’ man, police say
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Madison police said they believe the same “very tall” man could be connected to two robberies on the east side.

A man at Open Pantry at 1412 Pflaum Road at 5:35 p.m. Thursday gave a clerk change to buy some candy and made a grab for cash as she opened the cash register. The employee struggled briefly with the man before he was able to take off with cash from the till. No weapon was implied or seen, according to a news release.

The robber was described as black, 35-40 years old, 6 feet 5 inches tall with a dark complexion, scruffy facial hair and medium build. He was wearing gray sweatpants and a sweatshirt.

Another robber struck at 10 p.m. Thursday at Banzo Shuk restaurant at 1511 Williamson Street. The robber first asked about getting food. When the employee told him they were closing, he made a move to the cash drawer, police said.

A police dog followed a track to a bike path near the Yahara River, but no suspect was found.

The robber was described at black, 25-30 years old, 6 feet 4 inches to 6 feet 5 inches tall, athletic build, broad shoulders, a protruding brow bone, small eyes, flat haircut and some facial hair. He was wearing a gray sweatshirt and sweatpants.