Sheriff stumped by string of robberies

By Jillian Marshall

December 18, 2013 Updated Dec 18, 2013 at 12:50 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Close to a dozen armed robberies have occurred in a little over a month in Broome County. The Broome County Sheriff's Office says they may be connected.

Sheriff David Harder said Tuesday there have been 11 armed robberies since Nov. 13, including six in the city of Binghamton and two in Johnson City.

In each robbery, the knife-wielding suspect has been described as a white male and approximately six feet tall with medium build -- a description that provides authorities with too many options.

"We don't know who we're looking for," Harder said. "We don't have much for a description other than a white male, about 6 foot, medium build, that's it. I mean, how many people does that fit?" Harder said.

Harder said they're now looking into all of the robberies being connected. He said the description and knife are the same. The suspect has stolen or attempted to steal from convenience stores and gas stations, although he may have also targeted at least one Chinese restaurant. He also has only hit businesses during the evening hours.

The man wears a ski mask, a hood or hoodie and gloves to protect his identity from security cameras.

"There's been strings before, and it's taken quite a while to track the people down," Harder said. "Usually it is someone with a problem with drugs looking for money. This could be the same thing, but again, we don't know, because we don't have anyone in mind right yet."

Deputies have followed leads but none have turned out to be credible.

Harder is asking anyone with information to call the county's tip line at (607) 778-1196

The city of Binghamton is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that can lead to the suspect's arrest and conviction, call the Detective Division at (607) 772-7080.

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