Waterloo Region Police are appealing to the public for help in connection to five robberies that have taken place since August that they say could be linked. 

"We've had two in the last 24 hours that we believe may be as a result of the same suspect being involved but we also have similarities to one that occurred in January and two last August," said police spokesman Olaf Heinzel. 

Similarities in the description of the suspects and the types of businesses targeted have lead police to believe there may be one man behind all five attempted thefts. 

The incidents

  • Monday at 8 a.m.: A man entered Star Convenience at 156 Erb St. West in Waterloo with a weapon. The man fled the store without taking anything and was last seen running onto Beverley Avenue North. He was described as a white man in his 20s, between five feet and six inches to five feet and nine inches tall. The man was wearing a black balaclava, black hoodie and black puffy jacket. 
  • Sunday at 6:30 p.m.: A man entered the same convenience store and approached the cashier with what is believed to be a gun. He demanded cash before fleeing. The suspect was described as a white man about five feet and seven inches tall with blue eyes. He was wearing a black jacket with a grey strip underneath the arms and across the back with black pants, black shoes and a black ski mask. 
  • January 30 at around 5:26 a.m.: A man entered the Short Stop convenience store at 373 Bridge St. West in Waterloo with what is believed to be a gun. He demanded cash and also left with cigarettes. He was described as a white man, approximately five feet and seven inches tall with blue eyes. He wore a black jacket with a grey strip underneath the arms and across the back with black pants, black shoes and a black ski mask. 
  • August 19, 2013 at approximately 1:16 a.m.: A man entered Pizza Pizza at 450 Erb St. West in Waterloo. He had an orange flare gun and demanded money from the cashier. The man was described as a white male, approximately five feet and ten inches and 170 pounds. He was wearing a black jacket with the hood up, a dark scarf, black gloves, grey pants and running shoes. 
  • August 17, 2013: A man carrying an orange flare fun entered Mac's Convenience at 851 Fischer-Hallman Rd. in Kitchener. He demanded money and cigarettes before fleeing on foot. He was described as a white man approximately five feet and eight inches tall, wearing a black sweater and black balaclava. 

Police are asking anyone with information about these incidents to call Waterloo Regional Police North Division's criminal investigations branch at 519-650-8500 extension 6357 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.