RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Armed robbers strike at four area convenience stores -- all in broad daylight! And now police tell us, the crimes are linked.
Police are calling these robberies aggressive and tonight the suspects are still on the loose. They've hit stores in Richmond's East End to the Southside, and all the way to Chesterfield. Now police are hoping the video they showed only to NBC12, will help get these dangerous thieves off the streets.
Scary moments for store clerks, caught on tape...but these brash crimes aren't happening late at night. These crooks hit at nine in the morning and three in the afternoon on a summer day.
Now detectives are putting together the pieces finding connections among the four small convenience store armed robberies. Two of the stores are in Lieutenant Emmett Williams' precinct.
"'Give me your cash, open the drawer.' They're going behind the counter. They're getting very close. These are very intense robberies," said Williams.
The gunmen hit Chesterfield first on August 12th, and then it was a store on Jeff Davis Highway on the 17th. Twelve days later they robbed the 301 Express in South Richmond.
The latest robbery was in the East End on September 12th. Two men with guns came in and robbed Moe's Convenience Store on Nine Mile Road. That's where Kenneth Suggs shops every day.
"It is scary because everybody could just go off and start shooting everybody and it could be a catastrophe," said Suggs.
Luckily so far no one has been hurt in the robberies. Police say the crimes are pulled off in a matter of seconds, as the gunmen threaten the store clerks and get away with cash.
Detectives are now hoping someone notices something in these surveillance tapes-- a mannerism, swagger or a detail as small as the logo on a hat could look familiar and lead to a break in the case, something that will help put employees and customers at ease.
Police say they have some good leads. If you have any information that could help solve the case, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.