Police searching for armed robbery suspect

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BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV) - Police are looking for a man who held up Christine's Hot Spot on Old Bridgeport Hill early Tuesday morning.

"A man probably in his 20's or 30's came in wearing a Nike ball cap, camo jacket, and black sweatpants," said Deputy Chief Lattea with the Harrison County Sheriff's Department. "He used a kind of pepper spray or something like that on the employees, and made off with an undisclosed amount of money."

The employees weren't hurt or taken to the hospital.

Police received the call around 2:24 a.m. Shortly after the robbery, police found a suspicious car and another type of weapon in the parking lot. They could not immediately say if it was used in the alleged robbery.

"There was another suspicious vehicle down the road, where a BB gun or air-soft gun was found. We're working to see if that's connected or not at this time."

There is no word on how much the robber got away with from the business.

Last week Smoketime Sam's in Clarksburg was the target of an armed robbery, with a man with a black handgun as the suspect. He has yet to be caught. The similarities in both robberies have police wondering if they could be looking for the same man.

"We are working with Clarksburg to see if our case could be tied to theirs and could be the same person and see if we can work together on that," said Chief Lattea.

Residents are encouraged to call police if they have any information, and are told not to approach the suspect if they see him.