Two recent armed robberies caught on camera may be related

Posted at 11:44 PM, Mar 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-01 00:44:00-04

Waco Police are investigating whether two recent armed robberies at two businesses are related.

One of them occurred at Samy’s Food Mart in the 3600 block of Bagby Avenue last week and the other aggravated robbery happened at the Boost Mobile store in the 1900 block of Parklake Drive on Tuesday night.

Waco Police Sgt. Patrick Swanton said there are similarities between the two robberies, including suspects covering their faces and hands, and displaying weapons before stealing money.  

“Regardless of them being related or not. We know there are some similarities," said Swanton."Either case we need to get these individuals off the streets and in jail because they’re both extremely dangerous pair of criminals robbing the two businesses."

Police said one of the suspects displayed a weapon when he entered Samy's Food Mart. The crime escalated when an employee was shot in the chest during the incident. He is expected to be okay. The two suspects fled on foot with cash and the owner's gun.

A week later, on Tuesday at 7:45 p.m. police responded to an aggravated robbery at a Boost Mobile store on Parklake Drive. The surveillance video shows two armed men with their faces and hands covered walking into the store, displaying their guns openly.

Police said one of them was standing guard while the other stole cash and cell phones.

Now police are asking for the help of citizens to identify the suspects whose faces are covered in both of the surveillance videos. They ask to pay close attention to details, such as mannerisms and physical stature.

"A lot of times people can look and even though you don't see a face, you can tell I know that person by the way they walk, they ran or the way they move or something may catch somebody's eye in a video that can give us a direction to go on,” said Swanton.

On the Samy’s surveillance video, they ask citizens to see if they recognize seeing someone wear boxer shorts with a unique pattern like that one that one of the suspects is wearing on the video.

“Sometimes it's [a small] thing like recognizing a pair of boxers that can help us put a violent criminal in jail,” said Swanton.

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