Henderson police probe three armed robberies

Mar. 26, 2013 @ 05:23 PM

Henderson police are investigating three armed robberies that took place over a six-hour period Monday night and early Tuesday morning as separate incidents with the possibility they could be connected.

Common to all three incidents was use of a handgun. There were no injuries at any of the locations.

The first robbery occurred at the Golden China restaurant on North Garnett Street at 8 p.m. At 9:26 p.m., there was a robbery reported at the Family Dollar on East Andrews Avenue. A third call to police came about 2 a.m. for the Waffle House on West Andrews Avenue.

Lt. Alan Hedgepeth confirmed until evidence is linked, the robberies would remain separate investigations.

“The three armed robberies are being investigated as separate events,” Hedgepeth wrote in an email. “As always, we will compare any similarities uncovered during the investigation to determine if the same perpetrators committed each offense.”

The police incident reports filed on the two restaurant robberies note a pair of assailants as involved, at least one of them armed with a handgun.

The police report for the robbery at Golden China indicated a male held a gun to an employee’s head and stole money. The report for the Waffle House indicated employees were held at gunpoint.

The report from the Family Dollar incident cites only one participant. Hedgepeth said it was possible two were involved.

The exact amount of cash taken was not disclosed at any of the locations. The Family Dollar incident indicates only a robbery attempt and does not include anything taken.

There was $800 damage to a cash register listed for the Waffle House robbery.

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