COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Colorado Springs Police are investigating four robberies happening within about two hours and also within a general vicinity.
All four robberies happened at businesses and ever since the slew of calls started coming in, police have been trying to figure out if they’re connected.
The first happened Sunday around 10:50 p.m. at the Walgreens on North Academy Boulevard near North Carefree Circle. Police say a man came into the business with a gun demanding cash. He grabbed an undisclosed amount of money and took off.
Ten minutes later and less than two miles away, police were called to the 7-Eleven on North Academy at Palmer Park on similar reports.
About an hour after that, another Walgreens was robbed – this time at Dublin and Union. The suspect there is described as a white male in his early 20s, about 5 feet 10 inches, wearing all black.
The last 911 call came from the Super 8 Motel on Aeroplaza Drive about two hours after the spree of robberies started.
Police said each robbery was carried out by a single suspect. In at least three of the robberies, the suspect was armed.
Lt. Howard Black with CSPD said, “When we have two, three, four, 5 robberies occurring within the same period of time, we’re always looking for patterns. Is this the same individual that’s committing this collective group or is this individual attached to any other pattern?”
So far, no injuries have been reported, no arrests have been made, and while four robberies in a couple of hours sounds scary, police say they’re actually in a major decline right now.
“When you compare this past January to the past four January’s, we’re actually 27.3 percent lower in robberies than we were last year so we always have to put that into perspective,” said Lt. Black.
Right now there are 67 active robbery cases for 2017. Ten others have been cleared after 11 arrests were made.