A gunman robbed seven Tucson businesses and attempted to rob two others during a five-hour spree, police said.
The first robbery occurred just after 2 a.m. Thursday in midtown, and the last was committed just before 7 a.m., said Sgt. Chris Widmer, spokesman for the Tucson Police Department.
After the first few robberies were reported, 911 dispatchers began calling local convenience stores and gas stations to provide a description of the robber. Because of the warning two robberies likely were thwarted, he said.
Widmer provided a timeline for the robberies:
2:10 a.m. - Quik Mart, 3370 N. Country Club Road
2:52 a.m. - Circle K, 5301 E. Pima St.
3:55 a.m. - Walgreens, 8730 E. Broadway
4:35 a.m. - Giant gas station, 9491 E. 22nd St.
5:38 a.m. - Quik Mart, 7895 E. Golf Links Road, an attempted robbery where the clerk recognized the robber based on the dispatcher's description and called 911.
5:45 a.m. - Walgreens, 7111 E. Golf Links Road
6:31 a.m. - Quik Mart, 2750 N. Tucson Blvd.
6:57 a.m. - Chevron, 4390 N. First Ave.
Sometime during the spree, a witness thought he saw a man who resembled the gunman attempt to rob a convenience store at 22nd Street and Houghton Road, but Widmer didn't have any further information
The robber, who was armed with a handgun, is described as a black man in his 30s, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing between 140 and 150 pounds. He was wearing a dark bandanna over his face, black gloves, a dark hoodie and dark pants.
Numerous witnesses reported he was driving a blue, older-model Cadillac, Widmer said.
No one was injured during the crimes. Police consider the man armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information about the robberies should call 911 or 88-CRIME.