Lexington police believe two overnight robberies may be connected

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington police are investigating two separate early morning robberies that happened within about an hour of one another.

The first happened around 1:30 Friday morning at a home on the 2100 block of Fontaine Road. Police say the victim answered a knock at his door to find a man standing outside. Once he opened the door, that man took off and three other men ran inside.

Police say two of the men were armed. The three searched the apartment, took $20 out of the victim's wallet and stole a tattoo gun, then ran from the scene. The victim told police he saw the man who originally knocked on his door leave in a maroon van.

Then, just before 3:00 a.m., three men walked into the Shell at Newtown Pike and New Circle Road armed with two guns. Police say they took money out of two cash registers.

One of the suspects was wearing a camouflage jacket with a black mask, another had on a black hoodie and a red mask, and the third was wearing a red hoodie. Police believe the three may have gotten away in a small black car.

Officials say because of the similarities between these two robberies, police are looking into the possibility that they could be connected.

“What we do anytime where we have any number of similarities, when the cases occur within about the same proximity of time, we always look into the possibility that they are connected,” says Sherelle Roberts, Public Information Officer with the Lexington Division of Police.

If you have any information about either of these robberies, call Lexington police.

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