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Central Texas Police Searching For Serial Armed Robber

Central Texas police are trying to catch a serial robber who's believed to have been responsible for at least 25 robberies in the last two years.

The combined police departments of Temple, Belton, Killeen and Georgetown are all working on the investigation.  Officials say his main targets have so far been restaurants, convenience stores and banks throughout the area.

"It's an individual we believe has really honed his skill and is applying that every time he goes to work," Temple PD police chief Gary Smith said.  "He appears to be quite prepared that he could also commit the ultimate acts of violence, and so that's why it's really important that we push this information further out into the community so that we can get some information to help our investigators pursue."

Police are describing the suspect as being between 5'10" and 6'2" weighing approximately 220 to 270 pounds. They say he commits his crimes close to opening or closing time, and that he has been seen using a backpack on numerous occasions.

They are now urging the public to stay aware in the hopes that they can prevent any future robberies in the area.

"The casual observer may see something they don't think looks correct - making a call to the police about suspicious circumstances so that they can respond and investigate," Smith said. "The other possibility is that someone knows this person, and it is in their interest to make a phone call to Crime Stoppers to give us information about who they think this person actually is."

Since the robberies began, the suspect has been able to accumulate a substantial amount of money, and police believe the suspect may possibly plan his robberies days in advance while targeting businesses specifically located near hotels, apartments, and major streets.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the suspect. If you have any information regarding the suspect or those robberies, you are urged to call the Bell County Crime Stoppers at 254-526-8477.

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