The same male suspect is responsible for pair of a Saturday robberies at retail stores on Barton Street, Hamilton police say.

The crime spree began around 7:30 p.m., when a man walked into The Beer Store outlet at 150 Barton St. E and demanded money from the till. 

“He indicated that he had a weapon, but none was seen,” said Staff Sgt. Mike Cunliffe, of Hamilton police’s central division.

The clerk handed over cash and the suspect fled the store. 

The second holdup occurred just after 8 p.m. at the Walmart on Barton Street East at Ottawa Street North, about four kilometres east of The Beer Store. 

Again, the suspect demanded money from a cashier and told staff he was armed, said east end Staff Sgt. Scott Balinson. 

“It looked there was an outline of [a weapon] in his clothing,” he said. 

The clerk handed over a sum of cash and the man ran out of the store.

No one was injured in either theft. 

An initial investigation has revealed that the suspect “apparently travelled by taxi to the second robbery” and skipped out on the fare, Balinson said.

He said police know the identity of the suspect. "He is believed to be on probation.”

Police are seeking a warrant for the man’s arrest, but are not yet releasing information about his identity, Balinson added.