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* Santa Cruz police are searching for three suspects in two armed robberies

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Santa Cruz police are searching for three suspects in two armed robberies that took place early this morning, police said. Police responded to the first robbery at 12:37 a.m. The two victims were walking in the area of Fair Avenue and the railroad tracks when they were approached by two masked men and told to empty their pockets at gunpoint, police said.

The victims described the suspects to police as two white men, around 18-years-old, both wearing dark hooded sweatshirts and bandanas covering their faces. One man was about 6 feet 2 inches tall and he carried a black semi-automatic handgun. The other was about 5 feet 8 inches tall,police said.

The suspects stole two cellphones and money from the victims, police said, and then told the victims to start running. The victims fled the area and called police about 10 minutes later. Police said they conducted an extensive search of the area, deploying two police dogs to assist in the search, but did not find the suspects. About two hours later, police responded to a robbery that occurred at about 1 a.m. near the corner of High Street and Storey Street.

Police said two victims were again robbed at gunpoint, and told the victims to start running after stealing a backpack, a wallet with cash and a cellphone. The victims’ description of the two suspects was similar to the suspect description in the earlier robbery, police said. One victim also told police that the suspects fled the scene in a white station wagon driven by a third suspect.

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