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Robber sought
Ceres Police detectives are hoping someone from the public can held identify the man who has committed two armed robberies in Ceres.

The first robbery - caught by a video surveillance camera - occurred at 3:54 p.m. on Monday, June 6 at the Vineyard 76 gas station near Whitmore Avenue and Morgan Road. He gave the clerk a note demanding money. The store clerk handed over an undisclosed amount of money from the register while the man held his hand behind his back insinuating being in possession of a handgun. A gun was not seen. However, the man indicated he indeed had one in his back waistband.

He fled running westbound through the McDonald's parking lot.

The second robbery occurred at 5:33 p.m. on Thursday, June 9 at the 7-Eleven store at 1305 Herndon Avenue. The robber used the same method of robbery, issuing a note and reaching behind his back to insinuate that he was armed. The suspect fled the area with an undisclosed amount of money before the officers arrived. In the second robbery he wore a blue sweatshirt with a black Raiders T-shirt underneath, black sunglasses and blue jeans.

The suspect is described as a white man, approximately 25 years old, approximately 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-11, weighing between 180 and 220 pounds. He has short hair and black framed sports sunglasses.

Investigators reviewed the surveillance videos in both robberies and confirmed he is the responsible in both incidents. They are asking for the public's assistance in identifying this potentially dangerous person. It is recommended he is not to approached but anyone with information is highly encouraged to contact Detective Derek Perry at 538-5730; or call Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers at1-866-60-CRIME. Or cell phone users can text tips to the number 274637 and place TIP704 in the body of the text.