Santa Maria robbery string hits 10 in two weeks

October 14, 2014

Santa Maria policeArmed gunmen held up two convenience stores in the Santa Maria area Saturday night, marking the ninth and tenth robberies in and around the city in the last two weeks, according to the Santa Maria Police Department. [KSBY]

The latest two robberies took place in a span of about 20 minutes, first happening around 10 p.m. at the Melody Mini Market in the 100 block of East Foster Road in Orcutt. The second robbery occurred around 10:20 p.m. at a market at the corner of Lemon and Thornburg streets in Santa Maria.

Most of the robberies that have occurred in Santa Maria over the past two weeks have taken place minutes apart from each other. The majority of the locations robbed have been convenience or liquor stores.

Santa Maria police have not yet identified any suspects, but they do say that at least the first seven robberies are connected. Investigators have not ruled out the possibility that the same gunman has been involved in all 10 robberies.

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