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Rash Of Robberies Put Central Texas Police On Alert
Updated: Wednesday, November 27 2013, 08:10 PM CST
Three separate stick-ups rattled San Marcos Monday. That same day in an unrelated incident two gunmen held up stores in South Austin. And Wednesday two women were victimized by robbers within minutes.
According to Austin Police, this month alone there have been 68 robberies. Last November at this time there were 55.
Most people think of this time of the year as the season for giving, but police believe 'tis the season for taking.
"It's around this time people are getting ready to do their shopping after the thanksgiving holiday. It's possible people are carrying more cash," said Senior Police Officer Veneza Bremner.
In Round Rock Police are investigating two armed robberies. Police say a woman was robbed and purse taken at gunpoint in the Walmart parking lot at 2701 S I-35 at around 2:30 a.m.
Thirty minutes later, police say, another woman was approached with a gun by two men in her driveway. Her purse was taken.
Two days before that, three robberies occurred in San Marcos in a three hour span. Two people robbed at gunpoint, and money from a loan office stolen.
And the same day in Austin a Little Caesars robbed and a Shell Gas Station.
Owner Nicole Tank says a man in a mask demanded money from one of her employees at the gas station around 5 a.m. Monday.
"He is ok, he just did what the robber asked and so he was a little shaken up," Tank said.
She says no life is worth property and hope security cameras help catch the suspect.
"Because you never know what they are going to do," Tank said.
Police agree and remind everyone to be aware of your surroundings, travel in groups and if something were to happen report it. Bremner points out minutes in an investigation count.
"The information you provide us could be that little bit that helps us identify the person," said Bremner.
Luckily no one was injured in any of the robberies.
Police are still looking for some of the suspects. If you have any information about these crimes contact the appropriate authorities.
Austin Police 3-1-1 or 512-974-5750
San Marcos Police 512-753-2108
Round Rock Police 512-218-5500
For emergencies call 9-1-1