ALBANY, N.Y. -- Police in Colonie, Troy, and Albany are investigating three armed robberies that happened within a span of less than two hours late Sunday night and no more than 10 miles apart. All three share strikingly similar stories.
The first happened around 10:30 p.m. Sunday at the Sunoco Xtramart on Broadway in Colonie. Colonie Police said two masked men entered with handguns and demanded cash and cigarettes. The two males off with roughly $450. Colonie Police said it appeared the two fled in a white SUV driven by a third suspect.
About 15 minutes later and about five miles down the road, Troy Police said two armed men entered the Cumberland Farms on Pawling Avenue in Troy. The two suspects had a similar description, two men wearing masks and dark colored clothing.
"As soon as they entered they displayed handguns," said Troy Police Captain John Cooney. "The clerk was ordered to comply as far as giving them cash from the register. One subject actually jumped the counter."
No less than an hour later around midnight and about 10 miles from Troy, Albany Police said the Sunoco on Southern Boulevard in the city was held up. Again, police said by two masked men with handguns.
"Two men had entered the store armed with what appeared to be a handgun, demanded cash and the clerk complied," said Albany Police Spokesman Steve Smith.
They are three very similar armed robberies, but Colonie, Troy and Albany Police are not ready to connect them.
"We may have a problem here as far as one group responsible for all three robberies, but that has not yet been determined," Capt. Cooney said.
"We are aware of the other robberies in the area. We're working with our neighboring agencies to determine if they're related but right now it's unknown," said Smith.
All three departments said there is video of each armed robbery and detectives are actively working the cases.
Police said one positive similarity, nobody was hurt.
"The good news is, in this case, is that the clerks did everything right. Property can be replaced, lives can't," said Capt. Cooney.
Anyone with information on any of the armed robberies is asked to call police.