ALLEGHENY COUNTY, Pa. - Police are looking for a man suspected of being behind at least 15 robberies in several communities in Allegheny County over the last six months.
Quintin Smith-Anderson, 25, is being sought in connection to the robberies, the latest of which is believed to have taken place on July 14, police said. The robberies started about Jan. 14.
Robberies have been committed in Monroeville, Edgewood, Robinson, Penn Hills, Squirrel Hill and Wilkinsburg, as well as at the Waterworks Mall. A Biddle's Escape coffee shop and the Crabs R Us restaurant in Wilkinsburg, as well as a Boost Mobile, are among the businesses that were targeted.
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When the Boost Mobile was robbed, a clerk was passed a note that said, “Don't try nothing funny. Put the money on the counter, all of it. I have a gun.” The clerk was then told, “I don't want to have to do this. Just give me the money. I have a gun in my pocket.”
Investigators said the robberies are becoming more frequent and violent. One person has been hurt.
Smith-Anderson is described as black, 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing about 130 pounds. He has a tattoo of a brick wall with writing on it on his right hand.
Smith-Anderson has a history of run-ins with the law and most recently served five years in prison for the armed robbery of an off-duty Pittsburgh police officer and his wife in the East End.
Anyone with information about the robberies or Smith-Anderson’s whereabouts is asked to call Pittsburgh Crime Stoppers at 412-255-8477. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and prosecution.
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