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Suspects sought in pair of weekend robberies in Hastings

This is the surveillance photo from the tobacco store robbery.1 / 2
This is the surveillance photo from the Freedom robbery.2 / 2

Hastings Police are seeking the public's help in identifying suspects from two robberies in Hastings over the weekend. It appears as though the two incidents are related.

On Friday night at about 6:30 p.m., the Hastings Tobacco Store at 1769 Market Blvd. was robbed at knife-point. He is described in a press release from the police as a "heavy set white male, 6-3, blue eyes wearing a yellow hooded coat bearing a dark vertical stripe down each side." He was wearing blue jeans and black shoes.

The clerk was not injured. The thief got away with cash.

Then, on Sunday, at about 7:40 p.m., a 6-0 tall white male wearing a gray hooded coat, an orange ski mask and jeans robbed the Freedom convenience store at 1726 Vermillion St.

The store clerk was not injured. The man got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Anyone with information on the robberies is asked to call Hastings police at 480-2300.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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