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Cottonwood police are investigating an early morning robbery that occurred at Cottonwood Maverick Country Stores.
According to a police report, a 44-year-old clerk told police that an unknown man entered the store at about 3:40 a.m. and allegedly robbed her at gunpoint. Police said that the employee of Maverick Country Stores described the suspect as a male Caucasian, approximately 30 years of age, 5-feet, 11-inches in height, weighing about 175 pounds.
According to the report, the suspect was described as wearing gray sweat pants with a matching gray zippered sweatshirt and used a piece of blue cloth to mask his face.
Police report that the clerk alleges the suspect fled on foot and that no vehicle was seen.
Detective Joe Varman, investigating the case, said, "To the best of our knowledge, the robbery suspect acted alone and the store was empty at the time the robbery occurred. No one was injured."
Police were uncertain whether or not the suspect had a vehicle or an accomplice.
Varman added that he is also investigating the Subway restaurant robbery that occurred on Feb. 23.
"So far, there is nothing to suggest any similarities between the two crimes except that they were both armed robberies," he said.
Police are still searching for a man suspected of robbing the Subway restaurant located at 1100 Arizona 260 in Cottonwood on Feb. 23 at 8:30 p.m. Cottonwood police reported that a man wielding a butcher knife entered the eatery and robbed the store of approximately $190 in cash. That suspect is described as Caucasian male, approximately 5-feet 7-inches to 5-feet 9-inches in height, weighing approximately 150 to 170 pounds and is approximately 18 to 24 years of age, according to a police report.
Police report that video surveillance at Subway showed the robber wearing a blue pullover hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, black shoes and wore a pink and orange bandana around his face.
Both cases are under investigation. Cottonwood police urge residents with any information to contact Detective Joe Varman at 634-4246. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1(800) 932-3232.