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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police are searching for three suspects in connection to two armed robberies in Wilmington overnight.

Police say the robberies are unrelated.

The first robbery happened just before midnight at the intersection of 11th and Rankin Streets, when a woman says she was walking to her mailbox.

The woman tells police a man and a woman approached her from behind, holding something to her back. The two robbers then took off running with the woman’s purse.

A second robbery happened just an hour later at Murphy USA near Walmart off of Carolina Beach Rd.

Police say a man dressed in black approached the store with his hands in his pockets, demanding money in the register.

The employee believed the suspect had a gun, so she handed over the money man took off, running towards Walmart.

K-9 units lost track of the suspect when police discovered his clothes nearby.

Anyone with information should call Wilmington police.

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