Police believe 3 armed robberies connected

5:45 PM, Oct 30, 2013   |    comments
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CABIN JOHN, Md. (WUSA9)  --  There have been three armed robberies in just two days in Montgomery County, and the suspects are still at large. 

The latest happened early Wednesday morning at the CVS on Tuckerman Lane in Cabin John. Surveillance photos show two masked men, one with a gun, entering the store around 4:00 a.m..  Montgomery County Police say they confronted a CVS employee and demanded money.

"They appear to be black males in their twenties.  One looked like he was wearing a fake beard.  Another one had a ski mask with the eye holes cut out," said Captain Jim Daly with Montgomery County Police.

The suspects ran away from the store without getting any money, but an employee followed them out.  That's when one of the suspects turned and fired, but missed that very lucky employee. For regulars at the Cabin John Shopping Center, they can hardly believe what happened.

"It's very disconcerting," said Leonard Schreiber, who's lived in Montgomery County for more than 40 years.

"It's quite scary and unexpected.  This is a very safe area," said Jin Hee Wilde, who lives nearby.  "My son was here at midnight last night.  So had the hours been a little bit different, he could have been in the middle of it.  It's a very scary thought."

Detectives are now trying to determine if the same suspects also robbed a bank in Rockville on Tuesday. Surveillance Photos from the Wells Fargo Bank on Congressional Lane show one suspect jumping over the counter, while the other fires a shot into the ceiling.  Once again, these suspects were wearing masks and they also didn't get away with any money.

"That's certainly something investigators are looking at now, to see whether this was connected to the bank robbery that occurred yesterday," said Capt. Daly.

A third armed robbery took place at a SunTrust Bank along the Rockville Pike on Tuesday morning.  Police believe it is not connected to the other two.  But for Montgomery County residents, that almost makes them feel even more uneasy.

"I don't think we've had this many robberies in a long time, and I've lived in Montgomery County for over 40 years," said Schreiber.

"I guess Montgomery County isn't as safe as we once thought," said Wilde.

If you know anything about any of these armed robberies, contact Montgomery County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.  All tips are anonymous and you could get a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest.

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