• Police search for man suspected of robbing several Cocoa businesses


    COCOA, Fla. - Cocoa police have issued a community-wide warning following a rash of robberies at places like McDonald's, Motel 6 and other businesses.

    Police told Channel 9's Melonie Holt that the robber targeted at least five businesses along Clearlake Road, Dixon Boulevard and West King Street in Cocoa.

    A 7-Eleven and Family Dollar Store were among the businesses robbed over the past few weeks. Police believe the same person may be responsible.

    They have surveillance pictures of the man demanding cash but police don't know who he is yet.

    Investigators said they haven't recovered any forensic evidence that would help them identify the robber. They have made sure his image is in just about every storefront in Cocoa, along with reward information.

    "Our investigators have been to just about every business in the city of Cocoa. If they see him, call us," said Sgt. Eric Austin of the Cocoa Police Department.

    Police said the robber has followed a pattern. They said most of the robberies were committed during early morning hours between 4-6 a.m., but there have been nighttime heists as well.

    They said the robber has either displayed a firearm or implied that he had one, and it appears he's made little effort to shield himself from cameras.

    Police believe he may not live in the area.

    The most recent robbery occurred in August.

    Police said that after the robberies the man left these businesses on foot or in a silver or dark-colored vehicle.

    Anyone with information on the robberies can call the Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477).

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