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Armed robbery at convenience store under investigation in Gastonia

Gastonia police are investigating an armed robbery at a Kangaroo Express on East Franklin Street in Gastonia.
Gastonia police are investigating an armed robbery at a Kangaroo Express on East Franklin Street in Gastonia. WBTV

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.

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