Crooks strike at 2 convenience stores overnight

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Police have been kept busy early Monday as crooks struck at two convenience stores in as many hours.

7-Eleven at Hancock and Costilla, where the second robbery occurred.

A lieutenant with the Colorado Springs Police Department said the preliminary investigation shows the robberies are most likely connected, even though they happened on different sides of town.

The first robbery happened just before 3:30 a.m. at the Kum and Go on Research Parkway just east of Chapel Hills Drive. Four crooks held the clerk at gunpoint while they stole cash and other items from the store -- and the clerk's keys. The suspects got away in the clerk's silver late-model Mazda 3, which was later found abandoned in the area.

Just after 5 a.m., a second robbery was reported at the 7-Eleven on South Hancock next to Memorial Park. Police have not released many details yet, but say once again there were at least four robbers involved, carrying weapons. The clerk noted that their faces were hidden behind masks.

No arrests have been made yet but Police tell 11 News there is no threat to the public. CSPD says the suspects in these cases are going for property -- not individuals.

If you have any information that can help in either case, call CSPD at 444-7000 or Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP> Crime Stoppers tips can be made anonymously.