Metro

Man sought in 21 convenience store robberies

Help asked in series of armed holdups

Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man believed to have robbed at least 21 convenience stores since February, brandishing a gun in many of the crimes.

Cambridge, Boston, Chelsea, Everett, and Lynn police are searching for a dark-skinned black man, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a thin mustache, Cambridge police said in a statement. In surveillance photos released by police, he can be seen wearing large sunglasses, with a coat or sweat shirt with its hood up or a baseball cap.

In the most recent incident, the man is believed to have robbed a convenience store on Hancock Street in Everett Thursday. A store employee reported seeing the handle of a silver handgun in the robber’s waistband, said Everett police Lieutenant Frank Hoenig.

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The man fled with about $900, Hoenig said. Everett police also suspect he may be responsible for a September robbery.

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“Luckily, no one has been injured,” Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert Haas said in a statement. “We need the public’s help to identify and apprehend this suspect before these robberies turn violent.”

On Monday, the man entered a convenience store on Cambridge Street in Cambridge. He approached the counter, lifted his shirt to show a gun, demanded money, and fled the store, police said.

“We are very concerned that he is going to keep doing this until he is arrested,” said Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes.

Although no one has been injured in any of the incidents, police consider the robber to be armed and dangerous.

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He may also be responsible for similar armed robberies in East Boston and Jamaica Plain, Cambridge police said.

About 13 of the robberies have been in Lynn. The other communities have seen one or more robberies each, said Dan Riviello, a Cambridge police spokesman.

Police asked anyone with information to contact their local police or Cambridge police at 617-349-3300.

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