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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.