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Two armed robberies under investigation

By Catharin Shepard
Published in News on December 30, 2010 1:46 PM

Goldsboro police believe the same pair of suspects who robbed the Hasty Mart on Miller's Chapel Road at gunpoint early today are also responsible for three other armed robberies in the county over the last several months.

Two masked men wearing gloves entered the Hasty Mart, located near the intersection of U.S. 70 and U.S. 111, about 12:20 a.m. today.

One of the subjects reportedly pointed a gun at the cashier while the other demanded money, according to police reports. The suspects then fled the scene. There were no injuries reported.

This was the second time the Hasty Mart on Miller's Chapel Road has been robbed, with the previous robbery happening Nov. 3, police reported. The subjects are also suspected to be behind armed robberies at The Pantry convenience store on East New Hope Road and a Dec. 10 robbery at a Friendly Mart, Goldsboro Police Sgt. Dwayne Dean said.

All four of the armed robberies have taken place between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. Although the men have not left behind fingerprints and wear masks, based on the subjects' clothing and mannerisms, police believe the two are connected to prior armed robberies at area convenience stores, he said.

"Last night appears to be the same people," Dean said.

Another armed robbery occurred in Goldsboro Wednesday night, but is not believed to be connected to the robbery at the Hasty Mart. Two gloved and masked men entered the Family Dollar on South George Street last night around 8 p.m. The subjects demanded money from a clerk while one pointed a gun. The subjects demanded that another clerk open the safe, but the clerk did not comply, police said. The suspects took money from two cash registers and ran off.

Police have copies of video surveillance tapes of the robberies.