Robber in fake beard targets Tri-State barbershops

A muscular man wearing a long fake beard is suspected in a string of armed robberies at family-friendly barbershops in two Tri-State communities.

The incidents took place over a two-week span at a Sport Clips in Lawrenceburg, Indiana and a Great Clips in Miami Township, Ohio.

The first incident took place June 25 at a Great Clips at 870 W. Eads Parkway.

Lawrenceburg police say a man entered the store through a front door at about 8:43 p.m. and displayed a semi-automatic handgun. He then ordered employees onto the floor while he emptied the cash register.

Witnesses told police the suspect wore a long sleeve black shirt, jeans, dark shoes, a black stocking hat and a "long, dark, fake beard," according to Lt. Brian Miller with the Lawrenceburg Police Department. 

On July 5, a person wearing similar clothing robbed the Spots Clips at 1081 State Route 28.

Employees at the Miami Township business told police that a man wearing dark clothing, sunglasses and a fake beard entered the store just after 5:30 p.m. He then displayed a semi-automatic handgun and forced two employees to lie down on the floor.

"(It was) about 30 minutes before we closed, I was in the back folding our towels," recalled assistant manager Jillian Bohanan. "I have an 8 year old and so I thought about my daughter and I didn't know if I would ever see her again."

In addition to taking money out of a cash register and safe, the suspect also took various personal items that belong to employees.

No one was hurt in either incident, but Bohanan says she's still shaken up.

"It still scares me," she said. "He knows our store, he knows what it looks like."

Miller called the suspect a "great danger and a great risk to the people out in public."

Investigators say they have surveillance footage of both incidents.

The suspect is described as being between 6-foot-2 and 6-foot-4 and weighs between 225 and 250 pounds. He is described as having a muscular build and a "distinctive gait," or style of walking. 

Miller said because of the amount of clothing the man was wearing at the time of the robberies, police are not able to give more specific details about the suspect's physical appearance.

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