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Police Link Pair To Armed Robberies

Dean Haney Dean Haney

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -  Metro police think two men may be responsible for a string of armed robberies all over Nashville.

They worry someone might get hurt unless an arrest is made.

Surveillance cameras captured some of the robberies.

Police said the suspects are dangerous. In one case, they pointed a gun at a clerk's face.

The best video comes from the robbery at a Dollar General Store in North Nashville.

"We have video of several of them right now," said Dean Haney, a Metro detective.

Metro Police said one of the suspects is the man wearing the fishing hat.

He robbed the Dollar General store on Clarksville Pike a week ago Sunday.

The man set up the robbery by pretending to pay for a bag of chips.

When the clerk opened the cash register the suspect drew a gun and grabbed the money.

"Oh, she was frightened to death," said Deborah Tharp, who owns a business next door to one the suspects robbed. "She said she just ran from the register."

On the same day a few hours later, this picture was captured by a security camera at Jenna's Adult Toy Box on Dickerson Pike.

Police said a man wearing a fishing hat robbed the clerk, but this time he had an accomplice.

The second suspect was wearing a wig.

"They handed him a Target bag and said put the money in this, grabbed the money, walked out the door, told him to get on his knees and just started walking down Dickerson Pike," said Carol Wharton, a business owner.

Police are pretty sure the men have committed at least four armed robberies during the past couple of months: Two on Dickerson Pike; one on Eighth Avenue South; and another on Clarksville Pike.

Police said there could be several others.

"The same or similar types of physical descriptions have been put out on most of these," Haney said. "We have video on several right now."

Police said it's important to get these men off the street before someone gets hurt.

One store owner said she's armed and she's not afraid to defend herself or her property.

"I really would hate to shoot somebody," Tharp said. "I really would, but if it's me or them, I'm going to have to shoot them."

Police think the suspects are working together, but sometimes just one goes in and commits the crime.

They seem to be hitting mostly discount stores and adult businesses.

If anyone has information about the robberies, they should call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

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