Published: Oct 19, 2012 6:32 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 19, 2012 6:47 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Deputies are asking for the public's assistance in identifying and locating the suspect accused of robbing Family Dollar in North Ft. Myers.

On October 19th at 1:23 p.m., the Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a robbery at the Family Dollar Store, located at 16 NE Pine Island Road in North Fort Myers.

Responding deputies were told the suspect approached the counter, indicated he had a weapon and demanded money. When the clerk was unable to open the drawer the suspect fled the scene eastbound towards North Tamiami Trail.

K-9, Aviation and Patrol Units established a perimeter in an attempt to locate the robber.

At 1:50 p.m., while deputies were searching for the suspect, the Sheriff’s Office received another call of a robbery approximately one mile away at Goodwill Industries, 1919 North Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers. In this incident, the suspect fled in an unknown direction with an undisclosed amount of money.

The suspect description provided by each of the robbery victims was the same. He was described as a white male, approximately 5’10”, medium build, early fifties, graying facial hair and mustache and wearing a beige shirt, sunglasses, jeans and a ball cap.

Anyone with any information on these robberies is asked to call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 239-477-1000, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). Tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org, through the TipSubmit app on any iPhone or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.