GPD investigates three armed robberies


Published: Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 3:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 3:58 p.m.

Gainesville police received reports about three robberies that occurred late Tuesday and early Wednesday, including one during which the robber fired shots into the air after stealing the victims' wallets and cell phones.

The first incident occurred in the 1800 block of Southeast 13th Place at about 9:30 p.m., said Lt. Mike Schibuola. The two teenage robbers, one armed with a handgun, demanded marijuana and money from the victim, who ended up turning over car keys to the pair.

Police next were called to the 200 block of Southwest Fifth Terrace, where four people, who were walking to their vehicle after a concert, said five men came up to them. One, carrying a gun, threatened to shoot them if they didn't give up their wallets. The victims were forced to get on the ground and surrender their wallets and cell phones. As the suspects left, the armed robber fired two shots into the air. Police believe the suspects were riding in a dark, 1990s model Oldsmobile.

Schibuola said officers also were contacted about a robbery at an apartment complex in the 4000 block of Southwest 20th Avenue, where a person reported two armed suspected held up a person near the washing machine room. Additional details about that case were not immediately available.

There were no reports that anyone was injured in any of the cases, according to police.

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