DOUGLAS — Police here said Wednesday that investigators believe two of three armed robberies that occurred in Douglas since Sunday may be connected, said a police spokesman.
A robbery at the Flash Foods on North Peterson Avenue and one at the Enmarket Store on Willacoochee Highway are possibly connected, police said, based on the descriptions of the robbers and the similarities in the crimes.
The first happened early Sunday at the Flash Foods. Detectives said two men, one with a gun, held clerks at gunpoint. Witnesses told police the robbers were wearing dark clothing with hoods and had their faces covered.
“One of them fired two shots into the ground outside the store, before they ran from the scene,” said a spokesman.
Early Tuesday, two men wearing dark clothing with hoods and their faces covered entered the Enmarket Store.
“In this case, one man had a gun and held the clerk at gunpoint,” said a spokesman. “They took cigarettes and cash.”
A third robbery happened at a drug store later Tuesday morning, but police said they do not believe it is connected to the other two. Investigators said two people went in Malcolm’s Drug Store on South Peterson Avenue wearing motorcycle helmets and stole drugs, merchandise and money, then crashed their motorcycle during their getaway. They ran on foot and are at large.
According to detectives, the robbers, believed to be men, forced the people in the store to the ground at gunpoint. It was not related how many customers and employees were in the store.
“They also used zip ties to keep the front door closed,” a police spokesman said.
One of them had a list of items they demanded from the pharmacy, the spokesman said.
“They left on a motorcycle, but the driver lost control of the motorcycle at an intersection nearby,” police said, then the two ran from the scene of the crash.