Police are investigating an armed robbery at a convenience store in Gastonia, and think it may be connected to a similar robbery in Mount Holly.
The first robbery happened just before 6:30 a.m. at the Kangaroo Express in the 2400 block of East Franklin Boulevard. Police say a suspect entered the store and pushed the clerk against the wall before stealing cigarettes and the clerk’s purse.
The suspect showed a handgun, police said.
More than an hour later, another robbery was reported around 7:55 a.m. in Mount Holly.
Police asked anyone with information about the robbery or suspect to call 704-866-6702.