Jesse Wray-McCann, 25 September 2015

POLICE are hunting an armed robber who has struck three times in as many months in Melbourne’s east.

Investigators are appealing to the public for information on the man, who has used knives and a syringe in robberies of a petrol station and convenience stores in Nunawading, Donvale and Heathmont.

Whitehorse CIU detective Senior Constable Jason Stewart said he was certain it was the same solo male offender for all three robberies.

“He’s fairly calm during the robberies and hasn’t been perturbed by other customers who are in the store at the time,” Sen-Constable Stewart said.

“We fear that things could escalate if he’s not apprehended soon.”

The most recent hold-up happened on September 21 at 8.45pm when the man entered a 7-Eleven store on Canterbury Rd, Heathmont, walked to the front counter, produced a syringe and demanded cash.

The console attendant handed over a quantity of cash.

The other two robberies happened in the early hours of June 26.

The first was at 12.15am at the Coles Express service station on the corner of Whitehorse and Springvale roads, Nunawading.

At the counter, the male produced a knife and calmly demanded money, which was handed over.

At 12.35am the same man entered a 7-Eleven Store on Mitcham Rd, Donvale, where he again approached the counter, produced a knife and demanded cash, which was handed over.

Sen-Constable Stewart said the man is described as being of caucasian appearance, 30-40 years old, about 175cm tall, with a medium build, wearing a black hooded jumper, black pants and black runners.

Anyone with any information should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 FREE.

Extracted in full from the Herald Sun.