Binghamton police are placing a high priority on tracking down the man believed to be responsible for several armed robberies at city businesses.

According to detectives, there have been seven robberies at commercial establishments over the past two weeks.

The first heist occurred on September 17 at a Mirabito Convenience Store at 227 Court Street. The most recent was early Monday afternoon at Alaska Quick Mart at 254 Chenango Street.

Police say the suspect in the latest robbery was described as a black man, about 6 feet tall with a thin build. He was wearing jeans, a dark hoodie, dark shoes, a mask and gloves. The knife-wielding man threatened the clerk before he fled with cash and cigarettes.

Mayor Richard David on Tuesday said "this is a top priority for the department and the city." Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, the mayor said "there is a full-court press" to arrest a suspect.

David said "the longer this goes on" there's an increased likelihood "people will eventually take things into their own hands."

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