Ten minutes later, and less than a mile away, two victims were approached by two men in the 300 block of Willow Street, Barnett said. The victims were told to hand over money, but nothing was stolen during the encounter, he said.
The following day, three other holdups occurred within the same area. This time, only one suspect was involved, Barnett said. Police believe the Sunday crimes were committed by one of the men who was involved the day before.
Around 12:30 a.m., a victim was approached by a man holding a gun in the area of Vine and Hillside streets, Barnett said. Nothing was stolen during the incident even though the victim was told to hand over money.
Twenty minutes later, two victims were approached by a man holding a gun in the area of Fourth Street and Bonnie Lane, Barnett said. The suspect demanded money from the victims, but nothing was stolen.
Ten minutes later, a victim was approached by a man holding a gun in the area of Baxter and Finley streets, Barnett said. He demanded money, but again nothing was stolen during the incident.
Barnett said there were several reasons why nothing was stolen in some of the encounters: some of the victims immediately ran away, while others had nothing of value to the robbers.
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