String of Robberies Hits 10 Git-N-Go Stores

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Des Moines police are investigating a string of robberies at Git-N-Go stores across the city.

Ten locations have been held up in the last month, some of which have been targeted more than once. The suspects are still on the loose.

Police have released new surveillance video in the rash of robberies showing the suspects armed with guns, knives and scissors.

“Each of them are being investigated as its own separate incident, but anytime you have a rash of incidents that are so similar in nature, chances are that there's some connection,” said Des Moines Police Sgt. Ryan Doty.

The latest robbery happened at 865 42nd St. just after midnight Monday.

“The window of when they occur is very small,” Doty said. “In and out. Less than a minute in a lot of times and then they're gone.”

On Monday, police say a masked man walked in a gun and walked out with about $550 in cash. The clerk told officers she emptied the cash register and safe and the suspect took off.

She said she while she was not hurt, she was shaken.

“I just heard that the Git-N-Go on 42nd had been robbed, and I knew it was the one next to me,” said Linda Rawson, who works at the dry cleaners next door to the latest crime.

She said most of her payments are made with credit cards, so she’s not too worried about being held up. But she said she was robbed at a former job.

“I was robbed at gunpoint at Hardee's when I as an assistant manager the night before Thanksgiving.  Three of them with guns,” she said.

Rawson said she handed over the cash to protect her employees and customers. That was years ago, but she still remembers the fear of having a gun pointed at her.

“I’ll never forget. It’s scary,” she said.

With the images from security video, police are hoping to catch the robbers before it’s too late and someone does get hurt.

“At this point, we've been very lucky. No one has been injured,” Doty said.

Git-N-Go officials said they have no comment on the string of robberies.

Police have received varying descriptions of the suspects. The person accused of holding up the store on 42nd Street was a man under 5’5” with blue eyes. Another suspect was described as being about 5’10”.

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa anonymously at 515-223-1400.