Tucson serial armed robber may prove mini mart crime does not pay – UPDATE with ID, arrest warrant

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Serial armed robbery suspect/submitted photo

Update near bottom of post, original post directly below.

A serial armed robber has been flitting around Tucson, hitting at least nine convenience stores since June 8, according to a news release from the Tucson Police Department.

The police’s main concern is for public safety – but we have another giant worry. We fret to think the man is simply wasting his time.

Robbery should be a one-time deal if folks pick the target right. Try for the Hope Diamond or at least a bank.

This man, who mainly targets Quik Marts, evidently is not making nearly enough cash at his chosen criminal trade or he would not have to go serial about it and keep robbing again and again.

His most recent robbery was around 10 a.m. on June 23, when he hit up the Quik Mart at 6301 S. Park Ave. Mr. Robber Man simply moseyed behind the counter, aimed his handgun at the employee stationed there, and demanded all of the cash. He then fled “with an undisclosed amount of money.”

Serial armed robbery suspect/submitted photo

Serial armed robbery suspect/submitted photo

His robberies have so far included:

Quik Mart at 1140 S. Fourth Ave – June 8 at 11:47 p.m.
Quik Mart at 4477 E. Fifth St – June 15 at 5:06 p.m.
Quik Mart at 5860 E. 22nd St – June 15 at 9:07 p.m.
Quik Mart at 7667 E. Escalante Rd – June 16 at 7:59 p.m.
Shell Station at 3901 E. 22nd St – June 17 at 8:42 p.m.
Quik Mart at 745 S. Tucson Blvd – June 21 at 9:34 p.m.
Circle K at 2701 N. Oracle Rd – June 19 at 10:33 a.m.
Quik Mart at 4477 E. Fifth St – June 22 at 5:32 a.m.
Quik Mart at 6301 S. Park Ave – June 23 at 9:59 a.m.

Serial armed robbery suspect/submitted photo

Serial armed robbery suspect/submitted photo

Let’s add it up. Say he makes about $200 per haul, using a totally random guess. That gives him $1,800 for nine days of work over a three-week period. Not too shabby, but not worth the hassle of being a wanted criminal.

Besides, once we add in the all the guy’s expenses, his profit plummets dramatically.

First, there’s the cost of the handgun. A good one, even at a pawn shop, could cost him some $600. Throw in another $50 for the ammunition, assuming he bought it when prices were high during the alleged ammo shortage.

Then there’s the mileage. For the sake of argument, let’s place him in midtown, say around Grant Road and Stone Avenue. His total distance traveled to and from each robbery location tallies to about 122 miles. His car is likely something old and crummy that gets only about 10 miles per gallon. That’s about 12 gallons of gas at an estimated $2.75 per gallon, putting his gas money at $33.

Next comes clothing expenses. If a robber has any inkling of a brain, he is going to discard any clothing worn during a robbery. This includes that snazzy hat seen in one of the photos. Tally each outfit at about $50, with an additional $25 thrown in for the hat. Discarded clothing expenses come to $450.

Since it has to be increasingly stressful to keep up with the fast pace of serial armed robberies, add another $20 per day for booze and cigarettes during the three-week period, coming to $420.

Serial armed robbery suspect/submitted photo

Serial armed robbery suspect/submitted photo

A man’s gotta eat, especially to sustain enough strength to hold up a handgun. Put his food at another $20 per day for the three-week period, an additional $420.

Now that the guy’s photo and litany of robberies are plastered all over the news, include another $200 for medication to bring down his high blood pressure and soothe any heart conditions that may arise.

All told, a serial robber under such an example just spent a total of $2,173 ripping off some $1,800 at gas stations and mini marts. That puts the robber at $373 in the hole.

Heck, such a serial robber is definitely the poster child for the proverbial phrase that crime doesn’t pay. Not unless, of course, he switches targets, moving on from Quik Marts to something like the Hope Diamond.

From the TPD news release:

The suspect has been described as a black male, mid-30s to mid 50s, 5’5” to 5’09” tall, approximately 180 pounds, bald or very short hair, and some facial hair. He was last seen wearing a light colored dress shirt, dark pants or jeans, and sunglasses.

While no injuries have been reported in any of the incidents, detectives are concerned due to the suspect’s escalating aggression and propensity for violence. Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s identity is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

Michael Manning/TPD photo

Michael Manning/TPD photo


Police issued an arrest warrant for Michael Manning, 51, charging him with armed robbery in connection with the serial armed robber investigation. The warrant was issued June 24.

Know where he is? Call it in: 911 or 88-CRIME.


wb-logolilWhat do you think?

Have you seen this man at a Quik Mart near you?

Would you turn him in if you did or do you feel bad he most likely did not make a profit during his stream of robberies?


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38 Responses to Tucson serial armed robber may prove mini mart crime does not pay – UPDATE with ID, arrest warrant

  1. Jennatoolz says:

    Hahaha I love it Ryn! It’s nice to start off my day with a good chuckle. 😀

    Robbing Quik Marts — I guess it gets easier every time…? I wonder if he’s gonna hit up the one near my house next!? Next time I stop by there, I’ll give them a heads up. Hahaha

    • Rynski says:

      thanks, jenna!
      yes! definitely give the quik mart near your house a heads up – how kindly and good-citizen-like of you – unless, of course, he’s caught soon after he’s all over the news.
      …or maybe he will take criminal advice and switch targets? hahahahah

  2. John Davis says:

    This was the stupidest article ever.  It is certainly not the article that will be used to teach economics.  Before you jump all over me, yes I understand that it is meant to be humorous, but it is not.
    The one cost that is not taken in to effect is that if anyone dies during any of these robberies to being scared and having a heart attack, then this idiot is going to go on Death Row.  Therefore, the risk is not worth the reward.  He would be better off feeding and sleeping at a homeless shelter than to pay for his bills by robbing others.
    He is an idiot.

    • Rynski says:

      dearest economist davis,
      sorry to hear you found no humor in the proposed expense tally for a serial armed robber.
      i am saddened even further by your supposition that it will not make it into any economic teaching texts.
      all that tallying, alas, now seems in vain.

      • BigTuna says:

        HAHAHA!  Love the response Rynski!

      • Rynski says:

        thanks, bigtuna – i love your screen name!

      • Bill Hilser says:

        Hey Rynski: If he knocks over any more Quick Marts, they’re going to have to re-name them all Stop & Robs.
        We had one in Anaheim like that, only he used a hammer as a weapon. We cops made a pool up at $20 a square to see who could guess the day of the month that the lucky liquior store clerk would end the crime spree. ( shoot him to death.) I drew the lucky number 15th day of the month.
        We went around to all the stores to make sure that the clerks were armed and ready, and as luck would have it, the robber came in and tried to do the evil deed in the night of the10th, not the 15th.
        Just my luck! Anyway, the winner gave the clerk $100 out of his $600 net winnings, so everybody but the (late) robber was happy. The winner also threw a nice kegger for the Boys in Blue too. <g>
        Book ’em, Dano, Yer pal, Officer Bubba

      • Rynski says:

        oh, i absolutely adore when the community comes together like that!
        thanks, ferrari bubba
        p.s. i played black oak arkansas in your honor on wednesday’s radio show.

    • Kevin M says:

      John, thanks for being a snotty tosser.  Personally, I enjoyed Ryn’s article much more than I enjoyed your inane reply.  Here’s a hot tip for you…YOU are just as big an idiot as you claim this criminal is.  Do us a favor:  stick your head in a toilet bowl and breathe real deep.

  3. QuikMart Employee says:

    I work at a QuikMart (one that hasn’t been robbed yet, fortunately) and I can tell you it’s store policy (posted clearly on the doors, even) to not keep more than $50 in the register at any point in time. Of course you’ll occasionally end up with more than that, but the bulk of it should be in $1 bills… this guy is REALLY not the most intelligent of criminals.
    That said, I’m still keeping my fingers crossed that he either quits or is caught before he tries to hit my store. 😛

    • Rynski says:

      hi quikmart employee –
      thank goodness! you are at one of the locations that has thus far been spared – and hopefully robber man will be caught before he gets much further – yes, fingers crossed.
      also thanks for additional info on money in the register. we’ll have to thus re-tally his haul down from $200 per robbery to $50 per robbery, putting his grand total now at $450, or just enough to cover discarded clothing expenses but nothing else.
      thanks again and wishing you safety.

  4. Jim Kelley says:

    All I can say is pimping aint easy but robbing a Quick Mart seems to be. Eventually, he’ll be messed up from the crack pipe that he’ll make a very bad mistake, either kill someone or get killed. It is sad, I’ll bet Ferrari Bubba lunch ot Popeye’s that he has a serious habit.

    This guy wants to be caught.

    • Rynski says:

      hiya jim,
      i, too, have visions of a crack addict in my head with such a thief type. i do hope you’re right and he wants to get caught – and keeps helping it along before he makes a big mistake.

    • leftfield says:

      Eventually, he’ll be messed up from the crack pipe

      So maybe we should legalize drugs.  Or, we could continue believing that we can control the flow of drugs into the country, put the last addict in jail and fix the problem that way.

  5. Bill Hilser says:

    To me it’s just like bringing a knife to a gunfight. You’ve got to be stupid are just plain crazy.
    How many times can you pull the trigger before the firing pin drops on that live round.  Pay me now, or pay me later. . .
    Yer pal, Bubba

  6. radmax says:

    Clever, Rynski…I find your tabulation of purported expenses to be quite reasonable, if a bit high on the average haul. Throw in some celebrating with Mrs. Robber and you’ve got yourself quite a deficit…small wonder the guy is stuck on the treadmill o’ larceny.

    • Rynski says:

      ha! treadmill of larceny is good, radmax! – just as cool a phrase as ‘the hamster wheel of robbery’ or ‘merry go round of crime.’
      yeah, i re-tabulated with smaller haul and found he doesn’t even have enough to cover expenses – esp. with the partying you mention. geesh. it’s easier to actually WORK for a living – hahahhahaha.

  7. lndcrz47 says:

    l am sorry but l find nothing funny about a tweak with a gun,but l do like your style,greets

    • Rynski says:

      thanks for style compliment, lndcrz47, and honesty about not finding topic funny.
      as mentioned below, i often forget not all people share the same sense of humor with which i am blessed/cursed?. but i do hope you keep reading and find other topics that do leave you tickled.

  8. mike_brewer says:

    All I can say is that it appears that the one time County Attorney Steve Neeley was correct when he predicted that the crime in Pima County would override the budgetary resources to abate its exponential rise. He was accurate in his prediction as the crime rate in Tucson; per capita has now exceeded Los Angeles, and we do not have the tax base to handle it. That was three decades ago. What did he know?

    • Rynski says:

      wow – crime per capita in tucson exceeds l.a.?
      that kind of makes my stomach turn. is the smog level gonna be next? hahahah.
      thanks for input, mike.

  9. Troy says:

    Hilarious… excellent article.

  10. azspunkygirl says:

    Crime pays when you are big business, work in the federal government and own credit card companies….do you read the news at all?

  11. QuikMart Employee says:

    well all i have to say is this guy needs to be caught. he is going to slip up and kill some one. its has to be all about drugs why else would rob a place with so little money to get that next hit.and i do not want to see one of my fellow workers die for some thing that stupid

    • Rynski says:

      i hope he’s caught, too – so glad police now have an ID – and nice close up from past mug shot.
      sending good luck and protection vibes to you and fellow employees…

  12. DesertRat says:

    Haha….#3 was a trick opinion response!  But seriuosly some peeps are taking this article just a little TOO serious. Love your stories Ryn….keep em coming.

    • Rynski says:

      thanks, desertrat.
      sometimes i wonder if my humor is too out there for some – and i see it is. but i thank you! for reinforcement that it is enjoyed by others.
      i sometimes catch myself and then try to edit myself and then, heck, the thing comes out more boring than watching dead grass grow (like what happened to my zoysia).
      so thank you!

  13. Bill Hilser says:

    Note to all Stop & Rob employees: If you have a weapon and plan to shoot a robber, make sure you use HOLLOW POINT ammo.
    We had a clerk in Anaheim that shot a robber three times in the torso with a .32 cal. using regular target ammo that went right through the robber without causing all that much damage to his internal organs.
    The owner of the store was in the back, and came out, only to see the robber, writhing on the floor, squealing like a stuck pig, trying to get up off the floor and crawl out the door on his hands and knees.
    “Finish him off,” said the Owner. “Do it, or you’re fired!” he said.
    The clerk couldn’t kill the robber in cold blood, and the owner was going to fire him until we bought the clerk a box of hollow points to use on the next robber that came into the store.
    That satisfied the owner, and we all had a good laugh over the case of beer that the owner donated to the Policemen’s pig-in-the-ground BBQ that was held the next week.
    Book ’em, Dano  —  Yer pal, Officer Ferrari Bubba

    • Rynski says:

      wow, ferrari bubba – that is a BIG request from a boss – “kill in cold blood.”
      glad the worst type of request i ever received was filing tons of paperwork or attending one of those really boring (put organization here) board meetings.

    • Kevin M says:

      I think the biggest issue there (aside from the owner pushing his employee to snuff a downed robber [do it yourself, tough guy!]) was the fact that the employee was using a .32…hardly a big bang for your buck.  Personally, I’d pack nothing smaller than a .38 (and hollow points ARE a better idea).

  14. leftfield says:

    Crime doesn’t pay – unless you’re a member of the bourgeosie or one of their elected stooges.  It’s the same with robbery as it is with murder: kill one person and you’re just a common criminal; kill hundreds of thousands and you could be the President.  Steal from a Quik-Mart and you’re just a low-life; steal from everyone at once and you’re a brilliant capitalist.

    “As through this life you travel,
    you’ll meet some funny men.
    Some who’ll rob you with a six-gun,
    and some with a fountain pen.”

    • Rynski says:

      ha! laughing at term ‘stooges’ as well as the fine little ditty you included in your comment – nice!
      also have to agree with the concept to an extent. scary…and sad.

      • leftfield says:

        I use “stooges” because it works better in the states than “running dogs”, my preferred term. 

      • radmax says:

        Pete Seeger Lefty? I’ve forgotten some great lyrics/verses of the more obscure leftist poets/folk artists of yesteryear. I like running dogs better too.
        Good to see you back in action. 😉

    • azmouse says:

      Great little poem.

  15. azmouse says:

    Hopefully he will be caught soon. I worry about the innocent people who might get shot.

    Has anyone ever accidentally walked into one of these stores while he was robbing them? I’d be afraid it would panic him.

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