READING, Pa. - Two armed robberies that occurred less than two hours apart in Reading on Monday appear to have been committed by the same two people, according to city police.
The Dollar General store in the 200 block of Buttonwood Street was robbed at gunpoint at 6:20 p.m. by two men who had their faces covered, police said.
Police said they believe the same two men then robbed the Family Dollar in the 400 block of West Douglass Street at 8:09 p.m.
In both cases, police said the descriptions of the two robbers, believed to be either black or Hispanic men with a medium complexion, were similar, although they were wearing different clothes.
In both robberies, the men told the employees that they had 10 seconds to open the cash register, according to police.
"As a local business and community stakeholder, we continue to work collaboratively with local law enforcement to reduce crime in our stores and the neighborhoods where we do business," said Laurie Somerville, a spokeswoman for Dollar General.
"We are cooperating with local authorities on their investigation," added Heather Briganti, a spokeswoman from Family Dollar.
The robbers got away with cash in only one of the robberies, however, police declined to say which one or how much was stolen in an effort to avoid further victimization.
"Hopefully they'll find the people who did it and put them away, but it's sad," said Joanne Wilcox, a Dollar General customer.
"It happens all over the city and they never find out who it is," said Christopher Liconn, another Dollar General customer.
Anyone with information about either robbery can contact Crime Alert Berks County via anonymous text to 847411, starting the message with keyword alertberks, or by calling 877-373-9913.
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