Two Cedar Rapids convenience stores were robbed in less than an hour early Thursday morning, police said.
Both cases involved suspects wearing hockey masks, but some of the clothing descriptions were different, and police had not confirmed by Thursday afternoon that the two incidents were related. No one was injured.
Around 12:25 a.m., officers were called to an armed robbery at Kwik Shop, 2904 Center Point Rd. NE. Officers were still on the scene when an alarm sounded around 1:20 a.m. at Kum & Go, 3132 First Ave. NE, which is less than two miles away. Police discovered another robbery had happened there.
According to a police report, two men came into the Kwik Shop and one of them displayed a handgun. They got away with an undisclosed amount of money and a 24-pack of Coors Light beer, police said.
The gunman was described black man, around 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, wearing a dark-colored hooded sweat shirt, a hockey mask, gloves and jeans. The other man was described as a white man, around 5-foot-7 and 165 pounds, wearing a navy hooded sweat shirt gloves and dark jeans. Half of his face was covered, police said.
A handgun was also displayed in the Kum & Go hold-up. Police said both suspects were wearing hockey masks over bandannas, along with black and gray hooded sweat shirts, respectively. One suspect was wearing fingerless gloves with rubber gloves underneath. They left on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. Physical descriptions of the suspects were not included in the initial police report.
An investigation was continuing Thursday.