BENTONVILLE (KFSM) -- Officers with the Bentonville Police Department are searching for a suspect involved in two robberies that occurred over the weekend.
The Kum & Go convenience store on J Street was robbed on Saturday (Nov. 11) at about 1:35 a.m. and the Dollar General Store on Walton Blvd. was robbed at about 6: 38 p.m. on Sunday (Nov. 12), according to a press release from police.
"Fortunately, for us it`s very uncommon in Bentonville. So we want to make sure we get on top of this quick," Gene Page said.
The suspect in both robberies was described as a man wearing dark clothing and a black ski mask that displayed a white skull, according to police.
"When something like this happens one thing we do from a police department standpoint is we increase our patrols and the second thing we could ask the public or the businesses to do go back and recheck your security cameras, your security systems. Is it up to date, do you have good footage," he said.
Page said it`s important to make sure nothing is blocking the cameras view and the more views the better because even though suspects like this one are wearing a mask and hood they still can accidentally reveal things about their identity.
“Those suspects are going to move from side to side. The more camera angles that you have, we may get a good picture of their skin color, their eye color, jewelry, tattoos. All these little things they are trying to hide multiple cameras will be able to catch that,” he said.
Police said the suspect told employees that he had a gun, but did not display it. He left on foot from both businesses with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to police.
If you have any information, contact the Bentonville Police Department at (479) 271-3170.