A well-armed group of robbers hit two Detroit gas stations with assault rifles Tuesday in what may be part of a larger pattern of crimes.
Police say bandits were carrying AK-47s when they held up two East Side stations early that morning. During the first incident a man tried -- unsuccessfully -- to get into into a locked BP gas station located on Seven Mile near I-75 around 3:30 a.m., WXYZ reports.
Shortly after that, two males stuck up a Mobil station on Harper and Cadieux, demanding money and cigarettes, according to the news station. They made off with about $1,000, but the gas station attendant was left unharmed.
Sgt. Eren Stephens told the Detroit Free Press police are investigating to see if Tuesday's robberies are connected to a similar series of hold-ups that happened in October.
During that crime spree, a group carrying assault rifles held up 14 Detroit gas stations during a six-week period of time.
Those with information on the latest robberies are being asked to contact Detroit Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Bureau at 313-596-1340 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-SPEAKUP.