Iowa City police investigating pair of armed robberies

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IOWA CITY — Iowa City police are investigating a pair of armed robberies that happened within minutes of each other Monday morning.

Police were called to Kum & Go, 513 S. Riverside Dr., at 3:21 a.m. Monday for a report of an armed robbery. The cashier told police a man entered the store with a handgun and demanded cash. After the clerk turned over an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect fled.

The suspect in that robbery was described as a black man, wearing a red hoodie and a black bandanna covering the bottom of his face.

Less than 10 minutes after police responded to the robbery on Riverside Drive, a second armed robbery was reported, this time at the Kum & Go at 1310 Gilbert St.

The clerk told police two men entered the store. One of the men demanded money while displaying a handgun. The clerk handed over the cash and the men fled the scene.

Police said the description of the man who pulled the handgun on the clerk was similar to the description of the suspect in the earlier robbery. The second suspect was described as a black man dressed entirely in black. Both men had slender builds and were of average height, police said.

No one was injured in either of the robberies.

Iowa City police have seen a spat of burglaries since July, most of them on or near Highway 1 on the southside of the city. Armed robberies were committed on July 20, at First American Bank, 640 Highway 1 W; on July 23 at Culver’s, 710 Highway 1 W; on July 26 at Pancheros, 965 Riverside Dr.; and on Aug. 4 at McDonald’s, 2440 Mormon Trek Blvd.

Lt. David Droll said police are continuing to investigate all of the robberies and will look for any connections.

“We are definitely going to look into similarities between those cases and our earlier robberies,” Droll said of Monday’s robberies. “Whether they’re related is too early to say at this point.”

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