Police searching for man after 2 failed Lexington robberies

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A Lexington Shell gas station was nearly robbed two times in the past three weeks, according to police.

Investigators say the latest attempted robbery happened overnight at the Shell station off of Leestown Road.

Even though the man got away, police say this time they got pictures.

Officers say they are now searching for the man, who was wearing a blue sweatshirt and is about six feet tall.

"He's frequently going to these Shell stations, he acts a little nervous, a little jittery,” said Lt. Chris Spurlock.

He believes the man is behind two failed robberies at the Shell gas station.

"The suspect has been here before, possibly about three weeks ago. We don't think he got anything at that attempted robbery either," he said.

Police say the man walked into the gas station again early Sunday morning, trying to rob it a second time.

"He put several items on the counter in an attempt to buy the items. Then he told the clerk he wanted everything in the cash register," Spurlock said.

We're told when the clerk didn't hand over the money, the man threatened him.

"The suspect displayed some sort of blunt object in his pants, either a pipe or a crowbar. After that he walked out the door and went in the direction of Leestown Road," said Spurlock.

Police tell us they are investigating the possibility that the man is also behind another failed robbery that happened at the Shell station at the Mall at Lexington Green Saturday.

"There was a subject supposedly in a silver car that was observed putting on a mask and there was also a handgun observed. When he saw the witness looking at him he got nervous and fled the scene," he said.

Investigators say he is still on the run but they hope the surveillance photo will help them catch up to him soon.

Police are asking anyone with information to call them.

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