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Info sought in 3 armed robberies
Police: 2 armed robberies Saturday morning near GSU; incidents may be related to Mar. 20 robbery
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    Two armed robberies early Saturday morning have Statesboro police detectives scrambling for information while extra patrol has been assigned to areas near Georgia Southern University.
    Early Saturday morning around 2:47 a.m. Statesboro Police Officer Charles Bowen responded to Copper Beech Townhouses, where a man told him he was robbed at gunpoint as he walked near Seasons Apartments, said Statesboro Police Chief Stan York.
    The victim said he was walking down Robin Hood Trail when two black males approached him and asked him for a lighter. Then, “one man pulled a gun on him and demanded cash,” he said.
    According to police incident reports the suspects told the victim “Give me everything you have.”
    The victim handed over his wallet and the two men fled. Descriptions were sketchy; one man had short  hair while the other had short braids, or  “corn rows.” They each wore black clothing, the victim said.
    A short while later, at 4:28 a.m., a Don Corleone’s pizza delivery driver reported being robbed at gunpoint as well, York said.
    Bowen responded to this call as well, and spoke to the victim, who said he had been going back to his car when  a man, described in reports as simply a black male, approached him and asked for a cigarette.
    The, he asked the victim if he could “make change for a $50 bill,”  and the victim agreed, he said.
    But then, the suspect “pulled out a small hand gun from his pocket ... put the gun in his (the victim’s) face and demanded that he give him the money,” he said. The suspect fled after grabbing the cash, about $200, according to police incident reports.
    The robberies Saturday morning are very similar in detail to one which occurred Friday, March 20, also at University Pines Apartments, York said.
    Around 9:41 p.m., Statesboro Police Officer Aaron Conner met with a victim who told him he had been robbed at gun point by a black man wearing “dark denim jeans and a dark blue polo-style shirt with light blue and white stripes,” he said.
    The suspect asked the victim for a cigarette, and when the victim told him he had no cigarettes the suspect asked for change for a $20 bill, he said.
    Suddenly the suspect “pulled  a pistol from his waist band and pointed it at (the victim,” York said. He “took an undisclosed amount of cash and walked towards Cambridge at Southern” apartments, he said.
    Det. Keith Holloway responded to the scene and began an investigation into the March 20 armed robbery; Det. Ken Scott is investigating the two armed robberies reported Saturday, on Robin hood Trail and at University Pines, he said.
    If anyone has information on any of  these armed robbery incidents, they are urged to contact police, he said.
    Are the robberies connected? “  would think so,” York said. “We are actively investigating this and hoping somebody who has seen something will come forward.”
    Statesboro Police Capt. Scott Brunson said the incidents are “crimes of opportunity” and are possibly related. He assured citizens police officers will have a stronger presence in the area outside the GSU campus as investigators pursue the cases.
    Detectives Ken Scott and Keith Holloway can be reached at (912) 764-1542. Any information provided will be kept in confidence, York said.

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