Three Lexington gas stations were robbed at gunpoint within 20 minutes early Friday morning.
The first robbery occurred about midnight at the Shell station on Nicholasville Road at Southland Drive, police said. The clerk told investigators that a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a bandana entered the store, brandished a gun and demanded money.
He left the store with cash from the register and got into a dark car, police said.
The second robbery was reported at 12:07 a.m. at the Marathon station on Clays Mill Road, police said. Two clerks had been sitting outside the business when a man matching the description from the first robbery pointed a gun at them, told them not to move and went into the store.
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Police say that once the man realized there was no one in the store, he went back outside to get the clerks, but they had left the area. The robber left in a dark car, police said.
The third robbery was reported at 12:17 a.m. at the Speedway on Boston Road. A man matching the description from the previous two robberies entered the store with a handgun, demanded money and fled with cash from the register, police said.
Police say that given the time frame and similar descriptions of the robber, it’s possible the robberies are connected.