Two gas stations robbed within minutes; police search for suspects

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JACKSON, Tenn. — Two armed robberies occurred within 30 minutes of each other Wednesday night and only a few miles apart. According to police, those responsible are said to be armed and still on the run. Both the Jackson and Humboldt Police Departments said they’re currently unsure if both armed robberies at gas stations in their cities are connected. But surveillance photos released by police show two masked men at both crime scenes wearing similar clothing and masks. “Who’s to say they didn’t have a car sitting right here at the edge of the concrete,” Humboldt resident Wil Callis said. “They could get in that and then, ‘poof,’ they’re gone.” Two gas stations 11 miles apart both were robbed at gun point, according to police, and it all happened within 30 minutes. Humboldt police say around 9:15 p.m. two black men wearing masks entered the Maverick gas station on East End Drive and held up the clerk with a stainless steel and black pistol. Officers said the pair then took off on foot toward Campbell Street with an unknown amount of cash and cigarettes. Investigators said they believe the pair had a getaway vehicle waiting. “Anyone can see it’s a simple getaway,” Callis said. “Once you come to the back of the store, it’s a straight shot.” Then just half an hour later down Highway 45 in Jackson, investigators said two masked gunmen were caught on camera committing a similar crime at the gas station off Old Humboldt Road near the bowling alley. “I think they’ll be caught soon,” Jackson resident Trey Christak said. “There isn’t too far that they can go.” Currently police said they’re unsure if the two robberies are connected. Humboldt residents said the dead end off of Campbell Street, where the alleged assailants took off, is a key spot for suspects to make a run for it. Now they’re looking for the city to block it off. “Say they put a fence that connects here and goes all the way back as far as it can go,” Callis said. “At least it makes it to where they have to literally run across that field instead of having an easy getaway down the dead end.” Security cameras surround each gas station, and both Jackson and Humboldt police hope the images they released from that footage will help them catch these criminals. Anyone with information about either robbery is asked to call Jackson police at 731-425-8400, Humboldt police at 731-784-1322 or Crime Stoppers at 731-424-TIPS (8477). All calls will remain anonymous.

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