SAN DIEGO—He's responsible for 11 robberies in the surrounding area in the past two weeks, and the way he displays his weapon has earned him a nickname by police.
"He's been dubbed the 'cover my strap' bandit," said Lieutenant Andra Brown of the San Diego Police Department. "Strap is a slang term for a firearm or weapon, and because it's always covered."
His long hand gun is always wrapped in some type of fabric. It has been described as some sort of t-shirt or towel.
According to the San Diego Police Department, his robbery spree started on November 14th at the Papa John's Pizza Store at 3810 Valley Centre Drive in Carmel Valley. Police say he walked in with a concealed gun, possibly a sawed off shot gun,
Two days later, police say he robbed the Shell gas station at 2006 Clairemont drive in Bay Park, and the World gas station at 3918Governor drive in University City.
Then, one week ago, he hit up four places in three days. On Monday, November 22, police say he robbed a 7-11 store on University avenue in City Heights. On Tuesday, the Kragen-O'reilly Auto Parts store in Clairemont was his target, and on Wednesday, it was the Jeremy's Market in Palm City and a Valero gas station in Otay Mesa.
His latest target was the Cricket Wireless store on Convoy street in Kearny Mesa at about 4:30 Sunday afternoon.
Police say, just moments before he stole cash, cigarettes, and some alcohol from the 110 liquor store on National City Boulevard. The owner who didn't want to publicly identify himself, told Fox 5 what happened.
"About 3:15 yesterday afternoon, the robber came in and robbed my associate and demanded the cash, asked for a bottle of Hennesy cognac, and a pack of newport cigarettes, and my associate complied with him," he said. "he (the robber) brandished a weapon, then he left the store," he added.
The suspect is described as a black man between 20 and 30 years of age. Different accounts have claimed him to be between 5'5" and 6'0" tall, and weighs between 150 and 160 pounds.
He's always concealed his face and head by wearing a different colored bandana over his face every time, and a jacket with a hood or baseball cap.
He's been spotted with an accomplice at least twice. The second man is described as being a black or hispanic male, about 6' tall and a muscular build.
If you have any information that can help investigators, call crime stoppers at 1-888-580-8477. All calls are confidential.