UNIONTOWN (KDKA) — State Police in Fayette County are investigating after armed robberies at convenience stores in Connellsville and Hopwood.
Both happened Thursday, and investigators say it’s unclear at this time if the two incidents are related.
The first happened just after 2:30 a.m. at the Circle K convenience store in the 2000-block of West Crawford Avenue in Connellsville.
Police say the suspect had a silver-gray handgun.
He’s described as having a thin build, was five-feet-five-inches to five-feet-10-inches tall and was wearing a burgundy-colored coat, gloves and a ski mask.
He may have been traveling in a darker-colored, two-door vehicle, possibly with tinted windows.
The second happened around 9 p.m. at the Circle K convenience store on Hopwood-Fairchance Road in South Union Township.
According to state police, the suspect held the clerk at gunpoint and demanded money from the registers. Two people were walking towards the store when the suspect fled, but police say they were able to run away.
State police say a single gunshot was heard during the incident and a shell casing was found at the scene.
The suspect is described as a light-skinned African American male, about six-feet tall with an athletic build. He was wearing dark-colored sweatpants and a gray sweatshirt with black lettering across the chest.
He may have gotten into a tan-colored minivan that headed toward Route 40.
Anyone with information is being asked to contact Fayette County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-404-TIPS or firstname.lastname@example.org.