Police working on pair of robberies

The Kangaroo gas station on University Avenue was held up twice this week

Published: Friday, January 22, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 10:56 p.m.

Gainesville police are working to determine if an overnight armed robbery at a gas station is linked to an attempt to rob the same station earlier in the week.

According to police, two men wearing masks and carrying handguns held up the Kangaroo at 2300 E. University Ave. at about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday. The men fled with cash and cigars, police said.

Efforts to track the men by helicopter and with K9 teams were unsuccessful; however, both men were captured on store surveillance cameras, police said.

Lt. Dave Rowe said the hold-up may be related to a similar one on Sunday night.

"That one was not reported due to a language barrier with the clerk on duty," Rowe said. "When it (robbery) began, the clerk fled to the office and the suspects took cigarettes but no money because they could not get the cash register open."

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