Curly wig the common thread in string of armed robberies

Posted at 2:30 PM, Aug 07, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-07 16:30:51-04
Wig bandit SLC robberies

Image courtesy Unified Police Department.

SALT LAKE CITY – Multiple police agencies are asking for help finding the suspect or suspects responsible for a series of aggravated robberies, and in each case an armed suspect was wearing a distinctive wig.

Police stated the suspect(s) will enter a business, approach an employee, and lift his shirt to display a black handgun before demanding money.

Different vehicles were used in the suspect’s escape in each robbery, and officers believe those vehicles were stolen. There have been no injuries reported in connection with the robberies.

According to information from the Unified Police Department, the suspect(s) are wanted in connection with at least three robberies, which included crimes at these locations: a Sconecutter in West Jordan July 24, a Taco Bell in Kearns July 24, and a Shell station in Salt Lake City July 25.

Officials stated they are not certain if it is the same suspect or a different suspect in each incident, but they stated that in all of the robberies the suspect was wearing a long, curly wig over his face.

Officials said witnesses have described the suspect or suspects as a male with tan-colored skin who is possibly Hispanic. Descriptions of height vary from 5-feet 2-inches to 5-feet 11-inches tall. One description is of a male with a skinny build with pock marks on his face. Another description is of a male with two front buck teeth.

Surveillance images from the robberies are available above.

Officials with the Murray Police Department, Salt Lake City Police Department, West Jordan Police Department and UPD are working to capture the suspect(s), and a reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the person or persons responsible.

Anyone with information about the crimes or the suspect(s) is asked to call police at 385-468-9814.