Rash of robberies may be connected

Three store clerks were robbed at gunpoint in San Francisco within four hours early Thursday morning, and police say they believe two of the crimes are related.

The first robbery occurred at 1:20 a.m. at a liquor store on the 3100 block of 24th Street, according to police spokesman Sgt. Neville Gittens. Two suspects — one black man and one white man — robbed the store of cash at gunpoint before fleeing on foot, Gittens said.

The second robbery happened at a convenience store on the 3000 block of San Jose Avenue at 4:56 a.m. In that case, two black men held up the store clerk at gunpoint before taking cash from the register and leaving on foot.

Ten minutes later, the third robbery occurred, this one on the 2000 block of Ocean Avenue. Gittens said three black men, one with a silver revolver, entered a convenience store and demanded cash from the register. The suspects also stole money from the clerk on duty before fleeing, Gittens said.

Police say they believe the last two robberies were carried out by the same group of men, according to Gittens.

No arrests have been made so far in the cases and none of the three clerks were hurt during the robberies, Gittens said. Witnesses did not see any vehicles used in the robberies.

The suspects in the second and third robberies are black males in their 20s, ranging in height from 5 feet 6 inches to 6 feet 2 inches tall, Gittens said.

wreisman@sfexminer.com

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