Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Crime Analysis Unit Helps Catch Armed Robber

A man suspected of being the “Red Striped Bandit” was arrested following a Monday armed robbery and is thought to be involved in a series of similar crimes stretching back to 2007, according to an affidavit released Tuesday by police in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Cedrick T. Beckwith, 26, of the 800 block of Georgia Avenue, faces a robbery with firearm charge in connection with the Monday evening incident at the Ramallah Food Market in the 3000 block of Orange Avenue.

The department’s crime analysis unit helped identify an apparent pattern of robberies and attempted robberies beginning in October 2007, Sgt. Dennis McWilliams said. The incidents occurred at either the same store or same type of store and at around the same time of evening in the fall or winter months. The suspect description also was generally consistent.

He wore a black jacket with red stripes, and police dubbed him the “Red Striped Bandit.” The pattern included four robberies and two attempted robberies.

About 7:30 p.m. Monday, a worker at the Ramallah market told police a man wearing a navy blue hooded sweater pointed a .38 caliber revolver at him and demanded money. The gunman hopped over the counter and took all the cash in the register, police said.



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