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Police Explore Whether Upstate Robberies Are Connected

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. -

Robbers with pistols and long guns held up a few businesses over the weekend, though police aren't sure yet if the same people are responsible for all three robberies.

The first happened just before 11:00 p.m. Sunday at Lil' Cricket gas station on Southport Road in Spartanburg County.

According to an incident report, two men with their faces covered walked into the store and pulled out a long-barreled gun, perhaps a shotgun, and demanded money. It wasn't clear how much they stole, but the two men ran out of the store, and no one was hurt.

A few hours later, a single robber entered the Domino's Pizza on Union Street in the City of Spartanburg around 1:30 a.m., and made the manager unload money from the cash drawer and put it in a plastic bag. He was pointing a small silver hand gun, according to the manager.

The suspect, according to police, ran from the store and then pointed a gun at the driver of a supply truck who was unloading food at the time. The robber yelled to the man to give up his cell phone so that he couldn't call police.

Less than an hour later, a third robbery happened at the Kangaroo Express on East Main Street also in the city limits. Police said the robber, who matched the description from the Domino's, went behind the counter and sat down. He had a small silver hand gun and made the attendant load cartons of Newport Cigarettes into a plastic bag.

The robber also demanded money and the woman's cell phone, but the report is unclear whether the man stole that as well.

In early April, robbers held up at least four convenient stores around the Spartanburg area, and while police said they were close to making an arrest at the time, that still hasn't happened. They're working to determine if the latest string of robberies is connected to the one in April.

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