A pair of convenience store robberies that occurred within minutes of each other Monday night appeared to be carried out by the same people, a Contra Costa County sheriff’s spokesman said today. The first robbery was reported at 11:13 p.m. at the 7-Eleven store at 3347 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette. Sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee said three male suspects entered the store and displayed a handgun, then took a small amount of money and fled on foot. The store clerk was unharmed. The second robbery was reported at 11:54 p.m. at a 7-Eleven at 1248 Boulevard Way in Walnut Creek. Lee said three suspects entered the store and displayed a handgun but fled before taking anything. “It looks like the suspects were scared off somehow and they fled in a vehicle,” Lee said. At least one suspect wore a bandana over his face. “Based on the descriptions by the victims, that led us to believe they’re the same suspects,” Lee said.
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