DELAWARE WATER GAP -- Investigators believe at least six convenience stores in two counties were broken into in the overnight hours.
The break-ins were reported in both Monroe and Pike Counties and state police believe it's the same person who did them.
State police believe the man caught on a surveillance camera is responsible for breaking into six convenience stores in two counties within a five-hour time span.
The first break-in happened Monday at 11:36 p.m. at a Gulf Gas Station in Delaware Water Gap in Monroe County. The front door was smashed and lottery tickets were taken.
“It happened around 11:30 last night. They broke the front door,” said clerk Barbara Smith.
Smith is glad the store was closed. She was in the store once when someone robbed it.
“When we were robbed before, for me personally, it was daytime. Thank God nobody was here,” said Smith.
Two more stores were hit in Monroe County. The Express Gas Station near Marshalls Creek was broken into at 1:35 a.m. Again, the door was smashed. The clerk there says the thief grabbed lottery tickets, cigarettes, and money in a matter of minutes.
“He left after three minutes,” said the clerk. “Yeah, within three minutes he can do everything. He left.”
Then the A Ok Gas Station, also near Marshalls Creek, was hit at 1:45 a.m., but the crook got away empty handed.
“Very sad, been a local here for 57 years. To see that kind of stuff is very sad,” said Gary Dimmick.
State police believe the man who committed these crimes in Monroe County then went and broke into three other gas stations in Pike County a short time later.
At 3:10 a.m., the Mirabito Gas Station on Route 739 near Lords Valley had its front door was smashed. Cash was taken.
Then just down Route 739 near Dingmans Ferry, Dingmans Best Fuel reported its cash register was damaged, but nothing was taken.
Then at 4:40 a.m., the Exxon Gas Station near Milford had its front door smashed. Cigarettes and lottery tickets were stolen.
“He's on a roll,” said Smith.
Both state police at Swiftwater and Blooming Grove are investigating.
The suspect is described as a white man who was wearing a black North Face jacket with a black hood, black mask, and black gloves with skeleton bones on the left hand.