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Whitehall police ask for help stopping string of robberies
The Whitehall Division of Police is appealing to the public for any information that can assist them with the investigation of 12 robberies of businesses since June 14.
All but one robbery was committed by a single gunman. Both suspects are described as black males, 17-24 years of age, with thin builds, and armed with handguns.
Police have linked the crimes, but are not revealing that information, as the case is ongoing. The following are the dates and locations of the twelve robberies:
•June 14, United Dairy Farmers - 4374 E. Broad Street.
•July 5 and August 9, Little Caesar Pizza - 4347 E. Main Street.
•July 16, Kinko's - 5156 E. Main Street
•July 21, Advance Auto - 3552 E. Main Street (two gunmen).
•August 16, Domino's Pizza - 3686 E. Main Street.
•August 23 and 25, Murphy Gas - 3589 E. Main Street.
•September 3, United Dairy Farmers - 4890 E. Main Street.
•September 30 and Oct. 10, Family Video - 3768 E. Main Street.
•October 15, Tee Jay's Country Kitchen - 350 S. Hamilton Road.
Whitehall police are warning area businesses so they can take measures to reduce the likelihood of their businesses being targeted. The department offers a free crime prevention analysis of homes and businesses so that vulnerabilities are reduced.
For information on these and other services, call Officer R. E. Rickels at 205-6147.
Businesses are also encouraged to review robbery procedures and policies with their employees.
Police discourage anyone from intervening in a robbery or any other crime they witness. If someone witnesses a crime, he or she should be extremely observant, noting details including the offender's gender, race, height, weight, clothing description, direction of travel and any vehicle description. A witness or victim should call 911 immediately to report the crime.
If anyone has information pertinent to this investigation, call 237-6333 or Crime Stoppers at 645-TIPS (645-8477).
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