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Both stores reported being targeted by women who wanted change and said they had a weapon.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Roanoke police are investigating two business robberies that might be related.
Police spokeswoman Aisha Johnson said officers responded to reports of robberies at Replay Games in the 2600 block of Peters Creek Road and the Stop In Food Store in the 2900 block of Edgewood Street on Monday night.
In the first incident, an employee at Replay Games called police about 8:40 p.m., telling officers a woman asked for change for cash she showed the clerk.
When the clerk opened the cash register, the woman said she had a weapon.
The woman then grabbed an undisclosed sum of money and left the store.
In that incident, the clerk described the suspect as a black woman in her 40s who was wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans, black tennis shoes and a black and white baseball cap.
Several hours later, police responded to a call from the Stop In Food Store, according to Johnson.
An employee at that store told officers that a woman had entered the business about 2:38 a.m. and asked for change.
The clerk said the woman stated she had a weapon once the cash register had been opened.
The woman took an undisclosed amount of money and fled, Johnson said.
The suspect in the Stop In Food Store incident was described as a black woman between 25 and 35 years old. She was about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed between 140 and 160 pounds.
She was wearing a black or dark jacket, jeans and a multicolored cap.
Johnson said police are investigating whether the incidents are related.
No one was hurt in either incident, and no arrests have been made. No weapon was ever displayed.
Anyone with information is asked to call Roanoke police at 853-5959 or the Crime Line at 344-8500.
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