String of Robberies Possibly Connected

By: Mindy Stone Email
By: Mindy Stone Email

Three Colorado Springs businesses were robbed Tuesday night.

Police think at least two of those crimes may be connected.

The first took place around 9:30 p.m. at the Best Western Academy Hotel at 8110 North Academy Boulevard. Less than an hour later, two more businesses were robbed; at 10:10 pm., Loaf N' Jog at 2802 East Pikes Peak Avenue and at 10:24 p.m., Dairy Queen at 4701 North Academy Boulevard.

Police think the same person may be behind the robberies at the Academy hotel and the Dairy Queen. But they're not sure yet if the suspect was responsible for the robbery at the Loaf N' Jug.

"In both of those cases a hand gun was shown and the description of the suspects were close," said Lieutenant Skips Arms with the Colorado Springs Police Department.

A surveillance camera caught the man in the act at the hotel.

The video is still being reviewed by police and may be released later in the investigation.

"I'm surprised he would hit us because of our camera system. I don't think he realized we had a camera," said General Manager Frank Thomson.

Police say despite three local businesses being hit Tuesday night, overall business robberies are down compared to this time last year.

For more on each of these robberies, click on the links below.

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