By Sandy Brundage
Almanac Staff Writer
A man suspected of robbing the Menlo Park BevMo store at gunpoint may have carried out at least 20 similar crimes throughout the Bay Area, police say.
The San Jose Police Department released a sketch of a black man in his mid 30s, about 200 pounds and 5 feet 9 inches tall, after the suspect allegedly robbed another store on June 1.
Detectives believe he also committed robberies in San Francisco, San Leandro, San Bruno, Redwood City, Pacifica, Fremont, Daly City, and Colma.
BevMo at 700 El Camino Real in Menlo Park was robbed on the evening of May 1. Armed with a silver-colored revolver, a man ordered the store manager to take money out of a safe and four cash registers, while a customer remained unaware of the robbery, police said.
No one was injured. The man fled on foot, wearing a black beanie, black mask covering his nose and mouth, a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and white shoes.
San Jose police ask anyone with information regarding the suspect to call Det. Adam Hutson at (408)277-4166. To contact investigators anonymously, call Silicon Valley Crimestoppers at (408)947-7867.