Brick police are searching for a suspect in two armed robberies that occurred in town early Sunday morning.
The 7-Eleven store on Route 88 and the Wawa on Lanes Mill Road were both robbed by a man with a knife. Police suspect the same person is responsible for both robberies.
The first of the two robberies occurred at the 7-Eleven at about 4:20 a.m., said Brick Police Sgt. Keith Reinhard. At that time, a person wearing a ski mask entered the store, brandished a knife and demanded money from the store employee.
As the store employee began to turn over money to the suspect, he attempted to pull the ski mask off the suspect, said Reinhard.
"The suspect then raised the knife towards the employee," said Reinhard, in a statement, but "the employee retreated into the office, at which time the suspect fled with no proceeds."
The second robbery occurred a short time later, about 5:20 a.m., at the Wawa located at 6 Lanes Mill Road. The suspect in that robbery also brandished a knife, Reinhard said, but fled with no money after the store employee activated an alarm.
The suspect is described as a white male, between 20 and 30 years old, 5-foot-8 inches to 5-foot-10 inches tall with black hair with shaved sides. He was wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and white sneakers.
Reinhard said the man may be operating a blue, four-door Dodge Dakota pickup truck.
Photos may be released when they become available, said Reinhard.
Anyone with information is being urged to contact Detective Daniel Waleski from the Brick Township Police Department Investigations Unit at 732-262-1120 or the main police number, 732-262-1100.