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Video shows man calmly robbing a Coast payday loan store with a long silver handgun

Police want the public’s help to identify an armed man who wore blue gloves and a red beanie when he held up a payday loan business using a silver revolver.

A video released by police Tuesday show a man walk into Approved Cash, pull out a long silver handgun and hand a plastic bag to an employee while demanding money from cash registers.

Waveland Police Chief Dave Allen says the holdup was reported about 3:45 p.m. Thursday at the business at 222 U.S. 90.

The robber was in and out of the store within 40 seconds, Allen said.

No one was hurt, and the gunman left the store on foot, heading west.

The robber walked in somewhat calmly and left the same way.

Allen said it’s unclear if a vehicle was waiting for him, but Investigator Jamie Nelson and other police officers are collecting surveillance video from neighboring businesses.

Police released a picture of the suspect on Friday.

Anyone who recognizes him is asked to call Central Dispatch at 228-255-9191 or contact the Waveland Police Department on its Facebook page.

Allen confirmed investigators are looking into an armed robbery that may involve the same suspect. A gunman robbed Birdie’s Food Mart in LaPlace, Louisiana, about 4:45 a.m. Monday, according to the St John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The robber in that holdup was wearing a white T-shirt when he went in the store and left, and returned four minutes later wearing a dark hoodie sweatshirt, the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff’s office has released a picture and videos of that suspect.

Robin Fitzgerald, 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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