VANCOUVER, Wash. - Vancouver police are looking into three tanning salon robberies that took place within a few hours of each other on Thursday.
Police said the robbery suspect appears to be similar in each case. Witnesses said the man displayed a handgun during two robberies.
If it is the same suspect, he also apparently changed clothes between each incident.
Tan Republic on Fourth Plain Blvd. was the first salon to be hit, with a robbery call coming in right about 6 p.m. Police said he showed a handgun.
The suspect is described as a white male in his 40s, 6 feet 2 inches tall with "scruffy" facial hair and a thin build. He has brown hair and was wearing a light green jacket with a white shirt and a dark-colored baseball cap.
Police said the man fled empty-handed when told by employees that police were on their way.
Just after 6:30 p.m., employees at the Tropical Image Tanning salon in Hazel Dell just north of Vancouver said a man came in and implied he had a weapon and robbed the business.
The suspect description was again similar - a white male - but this time he had on a blue cap and a dark green jacket.
Deputies with the Clark County Sheriff's Office used dogs to try and find the suspect, but said no one was found.
At about 8:45 p.m., police said they responded to another robbery call at the SunsUp Tanning Salon on SE 164th Avenue.
Police said the suspect got away with cash. He was again described as "scruffy," but in his 30s and 5 feet 9 inches tall, 135 pounds and wearing a red flannel shirt and blue jeans with black stripes.
Witnesses said the suspect displayed a black handgun. No one was hurt in any of the robberies.
Police said in press release that they are trying to confirm that the same suspect is involved in at least two of the robberies.
Police said the suspect is still at large and should be considered armed and dangerous.
This story will be updated as more information is confirmed.