MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Authorities are still trying to determine the identity of two suspects wanted in connection with a recent string of armed robberies in the parking lot of College Grove Apartments.
Detectives believe the same two unidentified male suspects are responsible for the separate robberies of an 18-year-old woman and a Middle Tennessee State University freshman student in November.
The first incident occurred just after 8:15 p.m. on Nov. 13 when the suspects reportedly stole several items, including an iPhone and $100 in cash, from the woman as she was exiting her vehicle in the parking lot of the complex, located in the 1500 block of New Lascassas Highway.
The second incident occurred at about 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 17 in the same parking lot.
The man told officers the suspects, both of who were carrying handguns, forced him at gunpoint to drive to a nearby ATM on Greenland Drive and withdraw $500 from his bank account.
Detectives were able to gather video surveillance footage of one of the suspects, and they are hoping someone will come forward with information about his identity.
Both suspects are described as black males who appeared to be in their early 20s.
At the time of the second incident, one of the suspects was wearing a black jacket and red baseball cap. The second suspect, not captured on video, was wearing a letterman style jacket with red and white sleeves. Both were also wearing overalls, which had a stripe across the chest, under their jackets.
Police are urging anyone with information about these suspects to call Crime Stoppers at 615-893-7867. All callers will remain anonymous.
Group makes off with clothes in theft spree
Three unidentified women allegedly stole more than $2,400 worth of merchandise within a matter of minutes Saturday night from two stores at The Avenue Murfreesboro, located on Medical Center Parkway.
The suspects first targeted Altar’d State, a popular Christian retail store, at about 8:45 p.m. before setting their sights on Victoria’s Secret less than 10 minutes later, according to Murfreesboro Police Department incident reports.
The Altar’d State manager told officers the women entered the store carrying large shopping bags and were acting suspiciously, only moments before they dashed out the doors toward their car with 14 pairs of blue jeans valued at $100 each, two $80 shirts and two $60 sweaters.
As the manager from Altar’d State attempted to catch up to them, the women pulled up outside of Victoria’s Secret, ran into the store, and stole more than $750 worth of hooded jackets, pants and sweatshirts.
The group then fled the shopping center in a silver Chevrolet Malibu that had a license plate issued out of the state of New York.
Officers searched nearby streets for the suspects but were unable locate them.
The case has since been turned over to Murfreesboro detectives, and the matter remains under investigation. If caught, the women could face felony theft charges in connection with each incident.