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Gloversville police investigate robbery spree

Gloversville police investigate robbery spree

Four men displaying a handgun robbed three people on different city streets within a 30-minute perio

Four men displaying a handgun robbed three people on different city streets within a 30-minute period Sunday night, Gloversville police said.

No one was injured in the mini crime spree, which police called a “rare occurrence.” They said they are devoting every resource to catching the suspects.

“We believe they are connected,” said Detective Capt. Anthony Clay. “The same four all showed up at each incident. As far as we know there was a single weapon.”

Police said the victims did not know the suspects and that each crime was random and isolated. “There is no indication that they had incidents with these subjects before the robbery,” Clay said.

The suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash and perhaps other items. Police would not reveal very many details, saying they did not want to jeopardize the investigation. They said they were also reviewing any possible video surveillance footage that may have been taken in the area during the alleged crimes. The locations of the holdups were East Fulton Street and North Judson; Spring Street near Bleecker Street; and Elm Street near Middle Street. They occurred between 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Clay said police are investigating whether the suspects walked or drove to each area to commit the crimes. He said the crime spree has definitively gotten the attention of the police department. “This is definitely three separate, but related incidents but in a close time frame with a kind of violent behavior. It is obviously something we are taking seriously and are investigating thoroughly,” he said. “We have not seen this before, and I don’t think there is a lot of chance this will be a regular occurrence.”

The suspects wore hoods tightly drawn over their faces. They all wore black, gray and dark maroon hooded sweatshirts.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 773-4505.

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