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CUMBERLAND — Cumberland police need the public’s help identifying a man they say was polite to employees even as he robbed them at knifepoint.

The man is connected to two robberies in the Cumberland area on July 5. Police say he first entered the Dollar General store, 12046 E. Washington St., around 8:15 a.m. with a pocket knife and robbed the business. A half hour later, the same man walked into Subway, 11816 E. Washington St., and pulled out a knife again, police said.

Cumberland Police Detective Suzanne Woodland said an employee at Subway described the man as very kind, even as he was robbing her.

“He said, ‘I’m not gonna hurt you; just act like you’re ringing me up for something and open your drawer,’” Woodland said.

The man is described as white, 25-30 years old, 6 feet tall and weighing 140 pounds. He was wearing a dark-colored long-sleeved shirt when he went into the Dollar General and a long-sleeved green polo shirt when he robbed Subway.

Police said the man was on foot, leading investigators to believe he is from the area or was staying nearby.

Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana recently contacted the department to see if it could lend a hand by offering a $1,000 reward for credible information leading to an arrest.

Woodland said some calls have come in, but the man still has not been identified.

“We’ve gotten some, but they weren’t good leads,” she said.

The department is also processing fingerprint evidence collected at the scene, she said.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS. Information may also be sent via text to 274637 (CRIMES). Include “INDYCS” with the texted information.

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