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Two robberies in less than 12 hours: Is crime on the up?

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  • North Fargo Stop-N-Go Robbery

    North Fargo Stop-N-Go Robbery

    The Fargo Police Department is looking for the man they believe robbed a North Fargo Stop-N-Go tonight. It happened at 3220 12 Avenue North.      Officers say at around 5:15 PM a man walked into the
    The Fargo Police Department is looking for the man they believe robbed a North Fargo Stop-N-Go tonight. It happened at 3220 12 Avenue North.      Officers say at around 5:15 PM a man walked into the

MONDAY EVENING UPDATE:

After two robberies at Fargo convenience stores, police are looking for three men:

The first is a 40 to 50-year-old white man who stands about  5'8" or 5'9". Authorities say surveillance tape shows he was wearing a green jacket, dark pants, and ski mask.

He is connected to a robbery at 5:00 p.m. Sunday at the Stop-N-Go on the 3200 block of 12th Avenue North, where authorities say the individual ordered the clerk to the ground and took money from the register.

The other two connected with the second robbery are reportedly black men who were wearing dark-colored jackets and light-colored pants according to surveillance tape. They also had their faces covered.

That robbery occurred around 1:20 a.m. Monday when police were called to the Petro Serve on the 2100 block of South University Drive. Authorities say the two individuals displayed hand guns and ordered the employee to give them money from the register and the employee's own wallet before leaving the scene.

Has crime gone up?

Both robberies took place in less than 12 hours, which has raised some questions from viewers about if the amount of crime in the area is on the up.

"We average 11 of these types of events per year, so less than one a month," says Lt. Joel Vettel of the Fargo Police Department.

But so far in 2014, we've already had five.

"The crimes that we hear about seem to be a little more disturbing," says local resident Jill Stjohn. "In the middle of the day or armed robbery," she says.

"I'll spot a couple robberies a month for the past few months, so definitely seems like it has gone up," says another resident Atlantis Deoliveira.

But Fargo Police say statistics point to January as the most popular month for these kinds of crimes.

"We've had five, we may go into a time period where, which it's not unusual for us, to go months where we don't have an event," says Vettel.

Vettel says he will have to wait until the official 2013 report comes out in March for exact numbers, but some areas of crime did increase. Overall crime is up in a single-digit percentage and burglaries are up in a double-digit percentage, he says. Though Vettel also noted that for a few years leading up to 2013, overall crime had decreased. He says he thinks broadcast and social media exposure affect public perception.

"I think now they have multiple media venues that they get to see that in," says Vettel. "After a while, I'm sure it appears that we have more than we actually do," he says.

"There's going to be some of it, no matter where you live and I still think it's a low-crime community and a good place to live in that regard," says local resident John Williams.

More security measures

Though a manager of the Stop-N-Go couldn't be reached, Valley News Live did speak with the CEO of Petro Serve Kent Satrang. He says Petro Serve is looking at increasing security even more.

Though some viewers suggested security measures like closing for a few hours at night, Satrang responded that he thinks robbers will come whenever they see an opportunity.

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Fargo Police are looking for two men accused robbing a south Fargo gas station early Monday morning.

It happened about 1:20 Monday morning at the Petro Serve USA on south University.

Investigators tell Valley News Live two men walked into the store with handguns and demanded cash from the register.  After they got the money they ran out of the store.

Police tell us they do have surveillance video of the incident.

The suspects are believed to be African American but both had their faces covered.

Fargo Police investigators do not believe this robbery is connected to a Sunday evening holdup at a north Fargo Stop N Go.

 

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