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Armed robbery rise

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WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) -

Wichita Falls has seen a spike in armed robberies the past few weeks.
There have been three aggravated robberies at convenience stores as well as various other robberies committed around the city.
No suspects have been caught in the most recent incidents.
WFPD Officer Brandie Young said the police department is currently working hard to keep everyone safe.
    "We have hard working officers and detectives," Officer Young said. "They work very well together. If our patrol officers get any information, they immediately get it to the detectives and other patrol officers to help out. Not only with solving these cases, but also for officer safety."
The Dollar General on Southwest Parkway was robbed at gunpoint Monday night. 
Previously, two more were committed at the 7-Eleven on Northwest Freeway.
Officer Young said they are working to get as much information as they can.
    "All of our patrol officers deal with everybody on the street everyday," Officer Young said. "They have a lot of information and share it with the detectives. They are out there gathering information along with the detectives on all of these cases."
Despite the latest crimes, Officer Young said the same detectives are working these cases.
    "As you could tell with the 7-Eleven robberies, those are related," Officer Young said. "You have seen the videos we have put out. The suspects appear to be the same in each video. We're going to have the same detective working each of those because they are related."
There are tips police have for you to prevent the likelihood of finding yourself in that situation.
    "A lot of these crimes, especially the ones that are on a personal level of the aggravated robbery, are a crime of opportunity," Officer Young said. "You have to watch your surroundings. The same goes for working. If you're working in a store, closing at night, you need to be aware of your surroundings. Be aware of people that come in the store, and pay attention to people."
Officer Young stresses the importance the public has in catching these suspects and encourages anyone with information to call crime stoppers.
    "Somebody recognizes these suspects, and we need that person to step up," Officer Young said. "If you don't want to be known and be anonymous, call into Crime Stoppers. There is even a cash reward if that person is prosecuted. We need the public's help."
Officer Young also said if you work at a convenience store greet people that come in, even if they do not seem like a threat.
If they are up to something, just the fact you're giving them attention could deter them.
If you have any information on those robberies, call Crime Stoppers at 322-9888 or the detective working the cases at 761-7762.

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