Officers investigating if two Saturday armed robberies are connected

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Columbia Police are investigating to determine if two armed robberies that happened Saturday night are connected.

The first robbery happened at the Exxon Express Market located at 1027 Elmwood Avenue around 11 p.m. Saturday night. Officers said two robbers were responsible. Investigators are working to gather more details on the robbery as well as to provide a description of the suspects.

The second robbery happened at the McDonald's located at 7501 Garners Ferry Road. Officers say two men were also responsible for this crime.

Officers are working to determine if the same two men were responsible for both robberies. They said other jurisdictions have experienced similar crimes as well.

Anyone with any information on either of the two crimes is urged to contact Crimestoppers by calling 1-888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372) or visiting and emailing a tip. Your identity will be kept anonymous, and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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