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Police investigating string of Greenville armed robberies

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

Police are investigating a string of armed robberies in Greenville overnight, two near East Carolina University.

The first happened at a Trade Wilco on Greenville Blvd around 10:15 Tuesday night.

The station employee told police a suspect wearing a black hoodie, black jeans, and a blue bandana across his face entered the store and demanded money from the cash register while armed with a handgun.

That suspect fled on foot toward the Outback steakhouse restaurant.  A white mid-1990s Ford Explorer was spotted leaving the area immediately afterwards.

The next incident happened around 11:15 Tuesday night at Cypress Gardens Apartments on E. 10th Street.

Police said three victims reported being robbed at their apartment after three men followed one of the victims into the apartment, pointed handguns at them, and then took various items and cash from the apartment. They were seen leaving in an older model black Lexus.

The suspects are described as black males, early 20's to late 20's. One, about 5' 9", 170-180 lbs., with medium length dreads, a scar on one of his cheeks and wearing all black clothing. Another, about 5'10", thin build, 150-160 lbs., dark skin, with a goatee, wearing a black hoodie and khaki pants. The third, about  6' 3", 210 lbs., light skin, wearing a red and black ball cap, khaki shorts, and red and black shoes.     

Just before midnight, officers responded to a duplex on 3rd Street where two victims reported they were on their back patio when two male suspects jumped the fence, dressed in black hoodies and masks. The suspects forced the two into their home and told them to lay on the floor while they stole electronics.

The victims were unable to identify the suspects.

Another armed robbery happened around 1:30 a.m. at a Wells Fargo ATM near the intersection of Stantonsburg Rd. and Memorial Drive.

Officers said two men drove up in a pickup truck while the victim was getting cash out of the ATM. The victim told police one of the men was armed with a knife and got out of the truck and demanded the victim hand over his cash.

One  suspect was described as a short, heavy-set black male with dreadlocks.  The second suspect was described as a black male, about 6 feet tall, slim build with short hair.

The pair fled the scene in a red Chevrolet extended cab truck.

Then around 4 a.m. another victim reported being robbed by three black males wearing in dark hooded sweatshirts and bandannas while walking on 5th Street near Rotary Street.

The victim told police one of the suspects was armed with a handgun. They threatened the victim and demanded money from him before fleeing the area on foot.

No additional suspect descriptions are available currently.   

There were no injuries reported in the robberies. Greenville Police say they are aggressively trying to see if any of the robbery reports from last night are connected.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Greenville Police Department at 252-329-4315. You can also report tips to Pitt-Greenville CrimeStoppers at 252-758-7777.

There have been 28 armed robberies reported since January 1 in 2013.   There were 36 armed robberies during the same period in 2012.

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