by: Jeff Smith Updated:
CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. - Cabarrus County deputies need help catching a dangerous armed robber who's already stolen from two businesses along Highway 49 this month.
Deputies told Eyewitness News the same man stole cash from two stores located just a few hundred yards away from each other. Until he's caught, investigators are concerned he could strike again.
The most recent robbery happened Thursday night at the Bojangles restaurant in Harrisburg. Surveillance video shows the man walking in the front door, immediately jumping over the counter, and then demanding cash.
Investigators said the suspect was armed and threatened to shoot if he didn't get money from the register. He was in and out the store in 90 seconds.
"It is very scary. I mean, this is a pretty-close knit community," said Ruth Caryman, who lives in Harrisburg. "You want to be safe when you go in stores and restaurants."
Two weeks ago, deputies said the same man ran inside a naerby BP gas station and stole from the register. Surveillance video showed that the suspect jumped the counter and showed his gun.
It's a low crime area, right near the county line, and parents said they're nervous knowing he's still out there.
The suspect is a black man with a thick frame. Both times he was dressed in all black, wearing a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball cap. Deputies don't have a good description of the suspect because his face was covered.
"It makes you want to keep your kids hands in your palm. And you just want to keep your eyes peeled at all times," Caryman said.
Both BP and Bojangles referred Eyewitness News to their corporate offices when a news reporter asked if they've made any security changes this weekend in light of the robberies.