Authorities have charged a 33-year-old man suspected of robbing the same Minneapolis convenience store five times in two months.
Jamye Davis was arrested during his latest heist Dec. 23, after a store clerk signaled officers, who had been watching the 8th Street Market, at 630 SE. 8th St., according to police. The store is less than a mile from Davis’ home in northeast Minneapolis.
As in the previous robberies, which dated to Nov. 19, Davis was captured on surveillance video entering the store and demanding cash, while threatening the cashier with a gun, according to court filings.
In the Dec. 23 robbery, the suspect grabbed the till and ran from the store, the filings said. After a brief foot chase, officers caught up to Davis at a nearby apartment complex and arrested him, the court records show. As he fled, Davis shed his coat, beanie hat and bandanna, said police, who also recovered the till and a black Smith & Wesson airsoft gun.
Davis is being held at the Hennepin County jail in lieu of $75,000 bond. He faces five separate counts of first-degree aggravated robbery.
Police said that Davis admitted to the robberies after being arrested, telling investigators that he had used a fake gun each time — coloring the gun’s plastic orange tip to make it look real, he said — and then would take the bus downtown to buy heroin.
The incidents occurred Nov. 19, and Dec. 10, 18, 21 and 23. Each time, he wore a blue coat or sweatshirt, a beanie hat and a bandanna over his face, police said.