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Police investigate two armed gas station robberies 10 minutes apart, suspect still on loose

Posted at 7:12 AM, Jun 18, 2014

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah - Officials are investigating robberies at two gas stations overnight and police said they believe the incidents could be connected.

Police said the robberies happened just 10 minutes apart.

The first robbery was at about 8 p.m. Tuesday when a suspect walked into the Conoco gas station on  4700 S. and 2200 W. in Taylorsville.

Officials said the suspect showed the clerk a gun and demanded money.

The clerk handed over the cash and the suspect ran east from the store.

Just 10 minutes later police were called about a similar robbery at the Conoco station on 4800 S. and Redwood Rd.

Officers said the suspect again showed a handgun and got away with the money.

"Fortunately in both of these robberies nobody was hurt," Lt. Justin Hoyal said. "However these types of robberies certainly have the potential for somebody to get hurt and we certainly want to get this individual caught and off the street before somebody does get hurt."

According to police, the suspect is a dark-complected man who was wearing a ski mask, black hoodie and light-colored sweatpants.

Investigators said he was also carrying a white trash bag.

Officials said they don't believe the man had a getaway car so they are hoping someone saw the suspect running from the scene.

Unified Police said they would like to speak with you if you have any information on these robberies.

You can remain anonymous at (801) 743-7000.