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Two robberies minutes apart in South Richmond

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond Police are investigating two crimes, against two different teenage boys, that may be connected and investigators are now saying it may be some high schoolers to blame.

The first one happened at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday night on Keswick in South Richmond.

Police say three people in a car pulled over, went up to a teenage boy walking along the street, pulled out a gun and told him to empty his pockets.

After getting some cash from the victim they drove off.

Five minutes later, a similar crime just blocks away in the 6000 block of Jahnke Road, near Jahnke Road Baptist Church and about a quarter mile from Lucille Brown Middle School. Another teenage boy was attacked.

Just like the other case, three men in a car pulled over, walked up to the teenager and told him to hand over his wallet.

In both cases, the men were in an older model white car.

We talked to Peter Sims who just moved into the area of Keswick Lane two weeks ago. "Good community. It's nice. No problems. I walk the dogs around. It seems pleasant."

But now, Sims will be using his dog, Georgia, as a guard dog.

Then, we talked with Bart Bass. He works near the second crime scene. "It's become more and more of a common occurrence. There was a teenage boy here 2 years ago that was robbed and killed, who was a friend of the people involved in our company."

He says he sees police patrolling the area all the time. In fact, we saw several police officers patrolling the area this morning.

It's very disheartening. Hopefully the community can come together and shed some light on what happened," adds Bass.

While there's a very vague description of the suspects, it's all police have to work with in these robberies.

If you know anything that can help detectives, call CrimeStoppers at 780-1000.

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