Johns Creek Police say two armed robberies are connected

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Two robberies, two locations, one day. Johns Creek Police believe it's the same crook.  

Early in the morning on February 21, a masked man wearing a bathrobe walks into the Waffle House on Jones Bridge Road. Police say the man flashes a silver handgun and demands the waitress hand over all the money in the register. The crook takes the cash and slips out the front door. 

Fast forward to that night, a masked man wearing a hoodie walks into the Shell Station on State Bridge Road. Police say the man flashes a silver handgun and demands the clerk hand over all the money in the register. The crook takes the cash and slips out the front door.

It didn't take long for investigators to figure out it's the same guy, even though he ditched the bathrobe between crimes. 

"Lots of similarities, his build, his features that you can see," said Johns Creek Police Captain Chris Byers. 

His actions in each case were also quite similar. 

"He showed the handgun and told them it was a robbery and give him all the cash, escorted them to the cash register where the clerks gave him the money and he fled," said Capt. Byers. 

Police say they've stepped up patrols in the area, especially near businesses that are open 24 hours or late at night.  

Nancy Clark owns a business directly across the street from Waffle House. Clark says she's going to be on alert. 

"It's surprising and scary we're definitely going to keep our eyes open," said Clark.

Police describe the man as white, between 5 foot 7 and 5 foot 9 with a slim build.  No car is seen at either location, police believe he may be on foot or meeting a partner at another location.

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