Around 6:30 p.m. Monday,,, two black men entered the Family Dollar store on MLK Blvd. One said he had a gun, the other showed one.
"Both demanded money, the clerk complied and they left the store with an undisclosed amount of money," Lt. Noel Garcia of the Lansing Police Department said.
Police said the two men in their late teens to early 20s left on foot, and eventually got into a car. The clerk said one of the men had a tattoo of writing on his neck. Police are asking the public to take a closer look.
"We're hoping someone takes a look and says I know who that is," Garcia said.
This past Saturday, two men robbed the Domino's on Saginaw highway. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the L & L gas station near Jolly Road was robbed twice.
In all there have been nine armed robberies in the city in the past seven days, police believe at least some of them are connected.
"Most of the cases have multiple suspects ranging from upper teens to late 20's," Garcia said. "What's heightened our alert in these cases is that in eight of the last nine, a hand gun has been indicated. In the case of an E. Michigan Avenue sub shop, a shot was fired.
In all cases, the clerks cooperated and no one was hurt. Police said until they find who's behind it all, that's the best advice they can give employees who might find themselves in similar situations.
"Just cooperate with the demands of the suspects," Garcia said. "The money and property are replaceable, your life is not."
Lt. Garcia said police are close to finding one man they believe is involved in some of the cases, but that doesn't solve all of them, which is why police are asking for your help.
Garcia said they are sharing the information they have on these nine armed robberies with other local agencies and found they, too, have similar reports. It might be too early to say, but it just might be the same people in those cases as well.