YAKIMA, Wash. - Two gas station mini marts were robbed at gunpoint in a span of 20 minutes Tuesday night.
In each case, two masked men entered the store demanding money. Police are unsure if the robberies are related, according to police spokesman Mike Bastinelli.
The first took place at Roadrunner Gas on South 3rd Avenue a few minutes before 10 p.m.
Both were described as smaller men, each carrying a handgun. One wore a light blue Seahawks beanie, a black hoodie, black pants, white gloves and black Nike Cortez sneakers. He his face was covered with a blue bandana.
The other wore a blue hat, black hoodie, blue jeans, gray gloves and black shoes. A black bandana covered his face.
Minutes later, police responded to an armed robbery at College Mart Conoco on West Nob Hill Boulevard about 1.6 miles away.
The suspects were apparently wearing black masks. Only one displayed his weapon. Both men were described as roughly 5-foot-4 in height. The clerk was not able to give more details, Bastinelli said.
It brings this year's total number of Yakima convenience store armed robberies to 15. Union Gap has had three so far.
It's likely a small group of people responsible for recent armed robberies, as it's hard to imagine 18 individual groups are conducting similar crimes, Bastinelli said.