WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Three armed robberies occurred in Waterbury on Friday, and police believe that they’re not only linked to each other, but to previous incidents in surrounding towns as well.

According to the Waterbury Police Department, the first armed robbery took place at a 7/11 store located at 1664 Baldwin St. around 7 p.m.

The manager of the 7/11 shared surveillance footage of the robbery. In the video, you can see the suspect walk through the front door, go around the counter, then brandished a handgun. He then takes cash out of the registers. The manager declined to do an on-camera interview fearing retaliation, but he told News 8 this wasn’t the first time his store was robbed. 

One of his usual customers was upset to learn the store was hit.

“I feel so bad because that’s a scary situation to get yourself into. My girlfriend over here, she worked at a Subway, I couldn’t imagine what I would do if she got robbed at gunpoint simply for going to work,” said Emily Epprecht. “I think it’s crazy and sad the direction our city is going in with all the robberies and the shootings. It’s all gun violence at the end of the day.”

Then, just four minutes later, police responded to an attempted armed robbery where the suspect fled the scene prior to taking any items at the Hopeville Package Store at 1593 Baldwin St.

The suspect struck again around 8:08 p.m. with another armed robbery at the Mobil Gas Station at 2073 North Main St.

Police said it appears to be the same suspect in each incident where a man enters a business and displays a gun at an employee. In each robbery, no one was injured.

In recent days, there have been similar incidents in surrounding towns, including Naugatuck and Watertown. The WPD believes there is a connection between these robberies and is working with investigators from neighboring towns.

Anyone with information regarding any of the robberies is urged to reach out to the WPD Detective Bureau at (203) 574-6941 or via the anonymous tip line at (203) 755-1234.

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