LANCASTER – Armed robbers struck twice within 15 minutes in a West Lancaster shopping center Tuesday night.
In the first incident, which occurred around 8 p.m., a gunman wearing a ski mask and a hoodie robbed the Marshalls department store in the 44000 Block of Valley Central Way, according to Lancaster Station spokesman Michael Rust.
“He held two cashiers at gunpoint and got an undetermined amount of cash,” Rust said. “The store was open so I would imagine that there were customers in there.”
He said the second armed robbery occurred shortly after, also on Valley Central Way.
“There was another robbery about 10 minutes later at the Donut Shop right across the street,” Rust said.
Rust said he did not have a description of the gunman that robbed the Donut Shop or any further details about both incidents because they are still under investigation by the Robbery Suppression Team.
“It is still unknown as to whether there is a connection between the two [robberies],” Rust said. “But if anyone was in the area who saw anything, we’re asking them to give us a call.”
Anyone with information on these two crimes is asked to call the Lancaster Station at 661-948-8466.