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Four businesses robbed at gunpoint

The robberies are thought not to be related
Posted at 6:11 PM, Oct 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 13:29:24-04

OMAHA, Neb. — Recent robberies have shaken up the local area.

"And it does seem like it's kind of a recurring thing now," Millard resident Stephanie Wagner said.

The most recent - four robberies late Wednesday night. Three in Omaha, one in Bellevue, all in the span of two hours.

The first robbery happened at 9:45pm in Omaha - at the Family Dollar on 24th and Leavenworth. A male entered the store and demanded money while displaying a hand gun.

Then at 10:19pm, a similar story at the Phillips 66 convenience store on 59th and Sorensen Parkway. A convenience store worker at the Philips 66 gas station told us that Wednesday night two employees were finishing up closing up the store, when a young male entered the convenience store, threatened the employees with a handgun and got away with nearly $700 of cash and other merchandise.

At 11:40pm a third robbery at the Speedee Mart on 132nd and Grover. Again, a male demanded money and according to store employees, got away with almost $200 in cash. While the robberies all sound similar, the Omaha Police Department says they are not connected.

"At this point, investigators actually believe these were all individual robberies that are not related," Officer Michael Pecha of the Omaha Police Department said.

The fourth Bellevue robbery that took place at 10pm at the Kwik Shop on Galvin Road S. is believed to be related to the robbery at the Speedee Mart, according to Bellevue Police.

In the midst of all the robberies Wednesday night, OPD declared a citywide special attention broadcast to all 24-hour convenience stores in the city.

"So that was more of just a notice to officers that hey we've had multiple robberies tonight so keep an eye on convenience stores," Officer Pecha said.

At this time these robberies are also not thought to be connected to this past weekend's robberies. This past weekend four different Omaha gas station were robbed in a span of 45 minutes.

"That's under investigation at this point, I don't believe they are," Officer Pecha added.

OPD says they are working with local businesses to help prevent future robberies.

No arrests have been made yet. If you have any information call Omaha Crime Stoppers at 402-444-7867.