Pierce County sheriff's detectives are asking the public for help identifying a thief who has hit at least 11 grocery stores since July.
The robber slipped in and out of the stores in less a minute each time after removing a till drawer full of cash from a register.
About 3:10 a.m. Tuesday, the thief robbed the Safeway on Meridian Avenue East in Puyallup. Detectives said he committed the same crime the day before at a Safeway store on Bridgeport Way in University Place. He has also struck in Spanaway, Milton, Lacey, Tacoma, Tumwater and Bonney Lake.
The man is described as black, between 25 and 35, with a medium build and shaved black hair. He often wears eyeglasses.
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Tacoma/Pierce County Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and charging of the robber. Anonymous tipsters can call 253-591-5959.