Police are investigating armed robberies at two Edgewood conveniencestores in the past eight days.

Sheriff's Department investigatorsbelieve that the robberies might be connected because of similar descriptions of the bandits police obtained from witnesses, said DeWayneD. Curry, spokesman for the sheriff's department.

Suspects in both robberies were wearing masks, police said.

The most recent robbery occurred 1 a.m. Tuesday at the Shell Mini-Mart at Hanson Road and Meadowood Drive. According to police, a man entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money from two clerks working at the store.

The man struck one of the clerks in the head with the gun and then fled from the store with an undisclosed amount of money, the sheriff's department said.

The clerk was treated at the scene but did not require hospital treatment, police said.

Thesuspect is described by police as a black male in his late 20s or early 30s with closely cropped hair. He is about 5 feet, 7 inches tall with an average build. He was wearing a dark shirt, blue jeans, sneakers and a stocking mask.

Investigators also are searching for two teen-agers, described as black males, who were in the store but fled when the robbery was announced by the gunman.

The other robbery occurred on June 29 at 10 p.m. at the High's convenience store in the 1900 block of Pulaski Highway. A man entered the store, displayed a revolver to the counter clerk and then demanded money, police said.

After being given an undisclosed amount of money, the man fled.

The suspect is described as a black male in his mid 20s with a medium build, police said. He was wearing a red-and-white stripped T-shirt and an orange ski mask.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call the sheriff's department at 838-6600.

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