Police are investigating three gunpoint robberies and an attempted robbery that occurred in the city on Thursday and Friday.
At about 3 p.m. Thursday, a man carrying a long-barrelled pistol walked into Sunoco A-Plus, 2731 Delaware Ave., jumped over the counter and confronted the clerk, police said. The gunman fumbled with the cash register, trying to get the money, but fled when he was unable to get the cash.
At about 4:20 p.m., a man wearing all black clothing entered Baria Deli, 160 Doat St., displayed a revolver, and demanded cash from the clerk who handed over about $100.
A second store employee walked in with two dogs and wrestled the gun away from the assailant, who fled on a bicycle west on Doat. Police recovered the gun at the scene and discovered that it was an imitation revolver.
Police said a man wearing gold-framed glasses walked into Sunoco A-Plus Mini-mart, 460 Elmwood Ave., brandished a silver gun and ordered the clerk to hand over money at about 12:35 a.m. Friday. The robber fled with about $314 from the register. Police say the robbery was captured on a surveillance camera.
Within 10 minutes, two men, armed with a gun, walked into Sunoco A-Plus Mini-mart at 1301 Hertel Ave. and told the clerk to "Put the money in a plastic bag," police said. Northwest District Police said the bandits stole about $60 and ran through the parking lot.