Authorities in two Utah County cities Thursday morning were investigating robberies at two tanning salons.
The most recent robbery occurred about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Waikiki Beach, 2255 N. University Parkway, in Provo. Police said a man wearing a black ski mask and armed with a handgun walked into the business, fired his gun and demanded cash from two female employees. Officers said the man then walked out the front door.
Police said they believe the robber is Hispanic because he spoke with an accent. He was described as about 5 feet 6 inches tall with a medium build and tattoos on his arm. He was wearing a black hoodie, black pants, black shoes, and a black shirt.
Just about an hour earlier, Springville police said a man walked into Golden Globe Tanning, 1190 N. Main St., and demanded money. He took a “small amount” of money and ran away.
He was described as 160 pounds and 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall. He was wearing a hoodie and a ski mask, police wrote. He was carrying a dark-colored handgun with a chrome hammer.
Police did not say whether they thought the two incidents were committed by the same person.
The owner of Waikiki Beach is offering up to a $1,000 reward for original information leading to the identification and conviction of the robber.