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Odessa Police Looking For Possible Serial Robber

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Odessa Police are on the hunt for a possible serial robber after a Smoker's Outlet was targeted for the fifth time.

A black man, a mask and a knack for robbing the same chain of smoke shops.

Those are the similarities between multiple robberies at Smoker's Outlet stores in Odessa.

The latest one happened Sunday afternoon at the Smoker's Outlet on West County Road.

Police said the suspect assaulted an employee before demanding cash from another.

Back in December, the same location was held up by a black man who was wearing a ski mask and he had a gun.

Sunday's robbery is the fifth time this store has been targeted in 18 months, but they're not alone.

Less than a month ago, the Smoker's Outlet on 52nd and Dixie was robbed, also by a black man wearing a ski mask.

The suspect forced people inside the store onto the ground and took their money.

That store has seen three robberies.

Police said the pattern could mean the same suspect is involved.

Back on West County Road, nearby businesses are trying to send a warning with signs on their windows.

Business owners didn't want to speak on camera but said the robberies are shocking.

They said they're not worried about becoming the next target but still, they're keeping a watchful eye.

NewsWest 9 contacted the Smoker's Outlet owner but he did not want to make any comment.

Witnesses said the suspect in Sunday's robbery took off running into a nearby apartment complex.

He's described as a black man about six feet, four inches. He was wearing dark clothes, a hat and a mask.

If you have any information, you're asked to call Odessa Police.

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