Armed robberies investigation in Richmond

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Less than 24 hours after a number of armed robberies were reported overnight, these Richmond streets are quiet. Now, police are connecting the dots trying to determine if the crimes could be linked to the same people.

"They may or may not be related. We're not prepared to say that officially right now because we just don't know at this point," said Gene Lepley, Richmond Police Department spokesperson.

But what we do know is that the details in the three robberies overnight are similar.

Just before two last night on the 3800 block of Chamberlyne Avenue, a man had his wallet stolen at gunpoint by three unknown men. Then just after two in the 3200 block of Park Avenue a man reported having his wallet and his cell phone stolen by two armed men. Lastly, in the 2800 block of Cofer Road a woman had her cell phone stolen at gunpoint. Police are trying to determine if these crimes and others from overnight could be related to the suspects they have in custody.

"Through the night, as these robberies occurred, we developed information that we were looking for a green car," Lepley said.

This green car was spotted on the 3900 block of Monument Avenue. As police approached, several suspects jumped out of the vehicle and ran, leaving behind several guns. Police do have some of those suspects in custody, thanks to help from neighbors.

"People decided to participate in what was going on around that car on Monument Avenue and because of their help, because of their assistance, because of their phone calls, we were able to do a good job of policing and we thank them for that," said Lepley.

There were no serious injuries in any of these robberies. The crooks likely got away with cell phones and cash.

And if you have any information about any of the robberies from overnight, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. No shots were fired during any of these robberies, and no serious injuries were reported.

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