Four robberies in just three days.
And police say the suspect used several weapons-from a gun, to a box cutter to do it.
But, it’s the way these crimes are being committed that has led investigators to believe one person is behind it all.
“So at this point we’ve connected four different incidents,” said Lieutenant Kurt Whisenand from the Rockford Police Department.
Four robberies, one suspect.
Rockford Police released a series of surveillance photos.
In each one, the suspect is seen wearing the same grey hoodie and sunglasses.
“Based on surveillance photos, the description the witnesses gave of the suspect, it was pretty clear early on in the investigation that these were all related,” said Whisenand.
And the suspect worked quickly.
Monday night, police say he used a knife to rob a Metro PCS on 20th Street.
Then at 6:30 Tuesday morning, he robbed the Circle K on Broadway.
Seven hours later, the suspect used a gun to rob the Cash Store on South Alpine.
Then early Wednesday morning, he used a box cutter to rob the Charles Street Walgreens.
“There’s no question in our mind that somebody in the public, out in the community knows who this is,” said Lt. Whisenand.
Despite this string of robberies, Rockford Police says the number of violent crimes in the city are actually down.
Those not only include robberies, but also murder, sex crimes, and aggravated assault.
Through September 30th, there have been nearly 1,900 violent crimes reported this year.
That’s down from the nearly 2,000 from this time last year-a 6% decrease.
Rockford Police say they’re working to continue bringing those numbers down.
In the meantime, they’re focusing on following up on leads to help solve this robbery spree.
But, Whisenand says police need the public’s help to find him.
“We know somebody out there in the community knows who this is,” said Whisenand. “Either already knows because he’s told them, or they’ve overheard things or seen things, or once they see the still photos and the video they’re going to recognize who it is.”
Lieutenant Whisenand say no one was hurt in any of the robberies.