Fake Beard Bandit Robs Second Rogers Business, Evades Police

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A suspect wearing a fake beard has robbed a Rogers business for the second time in a week. Now police are trying to determine whether the two robberies were committed by the same person.

Rogers police are searching for a man they say walked into a Murphy USA gas station Tuesday night and fled with an undisclosed amount of money. He was wearing a fake beard, blue rain gear and a blue stocking cap when he entered the building at 2112 West Walnut Street, according to the Rogers Police Department.

He had no weapons and did not threaten the attendant. The suspect approached the night attendant and demanded she give him money, police said. The woman complied, and the man ran off, according to police.

Officer Keith Foster said the hold-up may be related to a Dollar General robbery in Rogers from May 8, when a man wearing a fake beard and armed with a weapon made off with an undisclosed amount of money from that business.

"It's one of those things where we consider that a possibility, but we want to leave all options on the table," he said.

In each case, surveillance video captured the suspect, and no one was injured. But until the suspect or suspects are identified police said they could be a danger to the public.

"We just assume he is dangerous till we prove he is not," Foster said. "I don't know if there's any major thing that would point to him being a danger to everyone."

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Northwest Arkansas Crimestoppers at 790-TIPS.


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