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Cambridge police link robbery to others

A man Cambridge police suspect has robbed at least 22 convenience stores since February struck again Monday, getting away with about $100 after brandishing a gun, police said.

The man approached the counter of a convenience store on the 1300 block of Cambridge Street at 9:05 p.m. and lifted his sweat shirt to expose the black handle of a gun, police said. Police would not disclose the name of the store.

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The suspect said to the employee behind the counter, “Give me everything you got and open up the register,” a police report said.

The employee told the suspect that the register can only be opened if someone makes a purchase and asked to see the gun again. The suspect declined to reveal the weapon and kept demanding money. The employee handed over cash, and the robber left the store at 9:06 p.m. heading toward Hampshire Street, police said.

The suspect is alleged to have robbed stores, many at gunpoint, in Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, East Boston, Jamaica Plain, and Lynn, said Cambridge police. No one has been injured in the robberies.

In each incident, the suspect has been a black male about 5-feet-10 with a husky build and thin mustache and wearing a dark hooded sweat shirt, dark jeans, and black sunglasses, police said. Before Monday, the most recent robbery was at an Everett convenience store on Oct. 31, police said.

Police ask anyone with information to call Cambridge police at 617-349-3300 or the local police department.

Melissa Hanson can be reached at melissa.hanson@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @Melissa__Hanson.
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