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Separate armed robberies may be related; no arrests made

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Police are investigating two armed robberies that happened minutes apart, and are considering the possibility they may be connected, KAAL reports.

According to WCCO, police say two men dressed as construction workers entered a Pizza Hut on Bass Lake Road around 10 a.m. Friday and showed the lone employee there a handgun. She was tied up but uninjured, and called New Hope police after the suspects left, WCCO says.

About 20 minutes later, KAAL reports Crystal police responded to a similar incident at a GameStop store. The station reports police say two masked men entered the video game store, displayed a gun and demanded money. WCCO says the employee was struck in the head with the weapon then tied up.

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FOX 9 says area businesses have been notified in the past few weeks to watch out for these types on crimes.

KAAL says police think the two crimes may be linked, as the suspects' descriptions in both incidents are similar. But a clear connection has not been confirmed.

KSTP says officers and K-9 units searched the area but did not locate the suspects.

No arrests have been made. New Hope Police are asking anyone with information to call them at 763-531-5169.

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