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Police search for "I'm sorry robber"

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Police are looking for a serial robber who apologizes to his victims before stealing their money.

He's struck convenience stores in Cedar Park, Austin, Westlake and Travis County. Officers have dubbed him the "I'm sorry robber."

He got started at a Shell station off RM 620 close to Lakeline Mall. Police believe there's a reason for that. He's got some sort of tie to this area, primarily northwest Austin.

He is thought to be in his late teens or early 20s. He has an affection for caps and beanies. His signature dress is hip--shorts and tennis shoes.

Police call him the "I'm sorry robber" because he apologizes right after he shows clerks a gun and demands money.

On July third, he struck a Valero off Jollyville Road in Northwest Austin. He can be heard telling the clerk, "I'm really sorry to do this please put the money in the bag."

He strikes again a couple hours later, but with a different hat, at another Valero off Spicewood Springs Road. He tells the clerk, "Yeah. I'm robbing you guys. I'm really sorry to do this."

He would go on to hit a Chevron minutes later, change his shirt and hat and then rob two stores along Bee Caves Road in the Westlake area. That equals five stores in a four hour period.

All in all he's struck eight times since November.Victims stretch from Cedar Park to Westlake. The majority of his crimes have been in Austin.

Detective Steve Boline has memorized the robbers method of operation.

"He'll come up like he's purchasing something, lay it on the cabinet, hand the clerk the cash. When the clerk opens the cash register is when. You can see the cash register is open. You can see the gun right here," Boline says pointing to his computer screen.

Boline is convinced the robber has some ties to Northwest Austin.

"He knows his way around to get to those places. You have to kind of know your way around to not get lost. For him to do it in such a short period of time, makes us believe he's familiar with the area," Boline said.

Boline feels someone knows him and it's important they immediately call police.

"When you commit five robberies in one night, you're desperate. We just don't know how desperate he is," said Boline.

Police say the robber has been seen in a small, dark colored sedan.

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