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Robberies step up with holiday season

Posted November 26, 2015

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— The Wake County Sheriff's Office says an increase in robberies is common in November and December, and businesses should take some extra precautions.

Val Morgan, a regular customer at GSK Mini Mart in south Raleigh, was stunned to lean the store had been robbed just two days before Thanksgiving.

On the holiday, she visited the store.

"I came here to check on it, see what's going on, see if anyone got hurt or anything," she said.

Employees say two men walked in Tuesday at about 8 p.m. and demanded cash. When told the store didn't have a safe, they hit one female clerk on the head and fled.

Surveillance video captured the crime, and deputies are asking the public for help in identifying the men, who were wearing dark clothes and masks over their mouths.

At a Subway on Louisburg Road, a similar hold up happened a day later. Raleigh police said a man walked in to the store Wednesday at about 8 p.m., indicated he had a weapon, demanded money and then took off. No one at the sandwich shop was hurt.

Law enforcement officers said they were comparing the facts of the two crimes but had yet to determine if they might be connected.

Anyone with information about either robbery is asked to call the Wake County Sheriff's Office at 919-856-6911.

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