Police see link in Augusta, Martinez holdups

At least two of three overnight robberies might be connected, investigators said Tuesday.

Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Blaise Dresser said suspects from the Monday night robbery at Burger King, 3407 Deans Bridge Road, match the description of suspects from a Tuesday morning holdup at the Walgreens at the corner of Bobby Jones Expressway and Washington Road.

A third robbery occurred at Augusta Mall.

Dresser said two men – one who appeared to be black and another who appeared to be white – entered Burger King with handguns, demanded money and jumped over the counter to get it. Investigators are reviewing surveillance videos for better descriptions.

Several hours later, according to a Columbia County sheriff’s incident report, a delivery driver was waiting for the manager at Walgreens about 4:30 a.m. when two men approached with handguns and demanded money.

The driver told officers he handed the gunmen a box containing 30 cartons of cigarettes. The thieves were last seen fleeing the scene.

Also overnight, Richmond County investigators were called to an armed robbery in the J.C. Penney parking lot of the mall about 10:30 p.m. Dresser said two black men armed with handguns approached two employees who were leaving work and took their personal belongings.

The gunmen fled in a white two-door car that victims said resembled a Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

Police do not believe the mall robbery is related to the other two.

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