The man milled around in the store at 3310 Magazine for two hours Thursday afternoon, at one point pointing to the model on a package of stocking and remarking to employees that “that’s my girlfriend,” said NOPD Sgt. Danny Scanlan on Wednesday at the Sixth District’s weekly meeting of ranking officers. Finally, he walked up to the register as if to check out, pulled a pistol and demanded the register’s $800 in cash, making off with $200 in merchandise as well, police have said.
After the robbery, Sixth District investigators learned from American Apparel’s loss prevention department that the man caught on video bears a strong resemblance to man who had previously robbed the company’s stores in San Francisco and Denver, Scanlan said.
“This guy looks just like guy hit them in two other states,” Scanlan said. “He hasn’t been identified yet. He hits and moves.”
After the Magazine Street case, New Orleans police have also learned that a robbery was committed at a Walmart in Kenner by a man also fitting the suspect’s description, said NOPD Sixth District Lt. Frank Young. Police have recovered surveillance images of the suspect in that case and are hoping they will lead to an arrest, Young said.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has also been notified because the robbery spree may be crossing state lines, Scanlan said.