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Same person suspected in 2 robberies

January 08. 2014 11:38PM

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Here is a list of several robberies in the area since December:

Dec. 24: First National Community Bank, Wyoming Avenue, Kingston.

Dec. 25: Uni-Mart, Hazle Street, Wilkes-Barre.

Dec. 26: Claire’s Bar, Hazle Street, Hanover Township, and Forever Nails Salon, West End Road, Hanover Township.

Dec. 27: Adult World book and movie store, Route 11, Larksville.

Jan. 3: First National Community Bank, Sans Souci Parkway, Hanover Township.

Jan. 7: Aldi Supermarket, Pierce Street, Kingston.

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Police suspect that a man who robbed a convenience store in Larksville on Wednesday afternoon also robbed a supermarket in Kingston on Tuesday night.

Kingston police responded to Aldi Food Store, 481 Pierce St., at about 7:10 p.m. Tuesday for a report of an armed robbery.

After speaking with employees and reviewing video surveillance, police determined that a white male entered the store wearing a tan shirt, blue jeans and a black ski mask just after 7 p.m.

The male pointed a black handgun at the clerk and demanded the money from the register. The clerk handed the male her register drawer and the male fled the store, police said.

He then got into a red SUV that was parked alongside the building and fled the parking lot. The vehicle was last seen traveling south on Third Avenue.

A witness reported that there was a second male sitting in the passenger’s side of the red SUV and described him as being a white male with short brown hair and wearing eyeglasses possibly with a mustache.

Larksville police responded to the Thomas Food Mart/Thomas’ Beer Deli on Washington Avenue shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Police described the suspect as a white male wearing blue jeans, tan coat and black ski mask. The suspect, who showed a black handgun, fled on foot, possibly heading north on West State Street towards Brown Street.

Larksville police said the suspect in that robbery appears to be a match for the man who robbed Aldi on Tuesday.

Police asked that residents “keep an eye on people” wearing full face ski masks entering and leaving commercial businesses.

Police contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Scranton.

It was not immediately known why police contacted the FBI, but the U.S. Attorney’s Office is scheduled to present evidence to a federal grand jury next week regarding several robberies in the Wyoming Valley possibly perpetrated by the same suspect.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Kingston police at 570-288-3674 or Larksville police at 911.

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