Three Missoula businesses were robbed at gunpoint early Tuesday morning in what Missoula police believe are related incidents.
A convenience store in the 1600 block of South Russell Street was robbed at 12:42 a.m., according to Missoula Police Detective Sgt. Travis Welsh. Just 21 minutes later, authorities were called to a robbery at a casino in the 3300 block of North Russell Street, he said. And at 7 a.m., a casino in the 700 block of Brooks Street was robbed, he said.
In each case, a man walked into the business, displayed a silver handgun and demanded – and got – money, Welsh said.
In the first two cases, witnesses described his coat as a “checkered” hoodie. Surveillance photos show a large, dark plaid pattern, and jeans drooping from his behind.
One witness told police the man was between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-10, blond, and wearing jeans and black shoes in addition to the hoodie. Another put him at 5-foot-10, blond, and thin – but with white shoes.
In the 7 a.m. robbery, he was described as wearing a gray hoodie.
A witness to the convenience store case said the man fled in a dark Kia or Hyundai sport utility vehicle.
No one was injured, Welsh said. Police do not release the amount of money taken in robberies.
Anyone with information is asked to call 9-1-1; the Missoula Police Department at 552-6300 (Detectives Mark Blood and Guy Baker are investigating); or Five Valleys Crimestoppers at 721-4444.
Reporter Gwen Florio can be reached at 523-5268, email@example.com or @CopsAndCourts.