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Police working to determine possible connection in armed robberies

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The Columbia Police Department is investigating several recent armed robbery incidents and trying to determine if they are related.

Jennifer Timmons with CPD tells WIS three recent incidents are under investigation.

On Aug. 3 at about 10:15 p.m., four men told investigators they were approached by an armed man in the 1400 block of Harden Street. Two other men were involved. The victims surrendered nothing and the suspects ran off without taking anything.

At about the same time the next night, a man told investigators he was walking with friends in the 1700 block of Heidt Street when a man displayed a handgun tucked into his pants. The victim gave up his cell phone and tennis shoes as the suspect ran away.

On Aug. 11, a man was walking through a parking lot in the 2400 block of Taylor Street at about 1:45 a.m. when two armed men demanded his cell phone. After getting the phone, the men ran off.

The police investigation has not yet determined of the incidents are related.

The Allen University Police Department has also reported two incidents within the past two weeks that are similar in nature.

A spokesperson with Allen University said the first robbery was reported Aug. 5 when a man and two women were walking near the intersection of Hampton and Oak Street and a suspect showed what the victims believed to be gun and demanded the victims' cell phones. No injuries were reported in the incident.

A second reported robbery on campus happened Aug. 12, a spokesperson with Allen University said.

Four students were walking near the intersection of Hampton and Oak streets when they are approached by 3 suspects, university officials said. The suspects pulled out a gun and steal 3 phones from the victims. No one was injured.

A robbery was also reported on the Benedict campus, but those details have not been released.

The Allen University Police Department is working with Benedict Police, the Columbia Housing Authority as well as CPD as part of the investigation.

Timmons says with students from several colleges and universities returning to campus recently, police have been reaching out for personal safety education.

If you know anything about any of these cases, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-Crime SC.

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