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    North Fargo Petro Serve Robbed at Gunpoint

    Fargo police are looking for a man who robbed a Petro Serve gas station in North Fargo a little after 10:00 p.m. Wednesday night. It happened at the Petro Serve on the 2900 block of Broadway.   Police
    Fargo police are looking for a man who robbed a Petro Serve gas station in North Fargo a little after 10:00 p.m. Wednesday night. It happened at the Petro Serve on the 2900 block of Broadway.

Three armed robberies at three local businesses in less than a week. Law enforcement in West Fargo and Fargo are busy trying to find the people behind the crimes. But while it may seem like the Red River Valley is getting less safe every day, police aren't ready to make any assumptions. Valley News team's Eric Crest explains.

On Friday evening it was a Stop N Go in West Fargo that got robbed at gunpoint. Then on Tuesday in south Fargo it was Mister Money. Once again a robbery with a gun. Then Wednesday evening crime struck again, at the Petro Serve USA on Broadway.

Lt. Joel Vettel of the Fargo Police department added up the armed robberies from 2012 to 2013 and says, it just seems like these types of robberies are running rampant.

"Certainly we have a slight increase in the amount of events we had in 2013 compared to 2012. But not a huge increase," says Lt. Vettel.

Vettel says there were only a handful more armed robberies in 2013 compared to 2012. But when the crimes come in clusters like we've seen this week. It appears as if crime is picking up in Fargo.

"The shear numbers that we see have not been a significant change in the last decade," says Lt. Vettel.

But what has changed is how businesses prepare for this worse-case scenario. The 21 Petro Serve USA locations are now considering more cameras from more angles. They also started putting two employees on for their night shifts on top of 100 thousand dollars worth of cameras, motion detectors, and silent alarms they already had in place.

"Technology has changed. That we're seeing better camera equipment, better alarm systems, we're seeing people train their staff in a more proactive manner," adds Lt. Vettel.

At Mister Money the owners say employees will be able to refuse entrance to anyone they feel skeptical about. Because no matter who commits the crime, local law enforcement is on their tail.

"We really want people to understand that although these crimes appear to come in clusters, we recognize that and put resources into trying to prevent these crimes," says Lt. Vettel.

As of right now, surveillance video from the three most recent armed robberies is not being released to the media. We will bring it to you when we get it.

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