Oahu stores hit by recent string of robberies

By Brenton Awa
Published On: Dec 27 2013 07:41:33 AM HST

A recent string of robberies has victims shaken up and police searching for suspects. Crime Stoppers has released surveillance video and wants the public to look closely. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 (anonymous line).

HONOLULU -

A recent string of robberies on Oahu has victims shaken up and police searching for the suspects.

There's been six recent robberies in the past two weeks at gas stations and mini marts from Aiea to Wahiawa.  Employees there had plenty to tell us, but did not want to go on camera.

CrimeStoppers released surveillance video and wants the public to look closely.

Click here to watch Brenton Awa's report.

The 7-Eleven in Aiea near Aiea Bowl was robbed just after 2 a.m. on Christmas Eve.  Two employees who were at the counter that morning tell us they were inspecting a fake $100 bill just given to them by a customer and had their backs turned when the suspect came in.

Employees say the man yelled at them demanding money and threatened to pull out a weapon.  They emptied their drawers and said the man ran off with just $80 because the workers keep only about $35 in cash on hand.

Later that night, there was another robbery at a Shell Gas Station in Waipio near Ka Uka Boulevard.  Employees tell us a man came in wearing a Zorro-type mask just two hours after a police officer stopped by telling them to be on the lookout for a suspect that could strike at any time.

Employees say he stole $150 from the register, then fled.  The employees believe the suspect or suspects to be in the same group because of prior robberies this month at the Tesoro station across the street and a 7-Eleven further down Ka Uka Boulevard.

But, it's not just happening in Aiea and Waipio.

Surveillance video out of the Goodies Market in Wahiawa shows another man holding a handgun while attempting to steal some cash.  He was wearing a dark blue jacket and a camouflage hat.

And video from a 7-Eleven in Waipahu shows a similar situation.  The suspect is wearing a green long-sleeved shirt with another shirt covering his face.  CrimeStoppers says this man also pulled out a handgun while demanding money.

Police have not confirmed if these recent robberies are related.

If you have any information on these events, call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

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