By Joe Wiercinski
Herald Staff Writer
SHENANGO VALLEY —
Police are investigating three local robberies this week in Sharon, Farrell and Hermitage as though they were related.
The crimes occurred within about 90 minutes of each other, beginning with a robbery at about 11:20 p.m. Wednesday near Budd Street and New Castle Avenue, Sharon police Chief Mike Menster said.
A 21-year-old Farrell man told police one of three men in a car got out, pointed a handgun with a long barrel at him and ordered him to the ground.
He took the victim’s cell phone and wallet containing a small amount of cash and left with the other two in what could have been a green Volkswagen, Menster said.
There were two other robbberies a little later, at about 11:50 p.m. in Farrell, and just before 1 a.m. Thursday in Hermitage.
“We believe (the Sharon and Farrell robberies) to be related,” Menster said. “We’re working with Southwest police on that.”
Menster add that “there is a good possibility that (the Hermitage robbery) may be related as well. We do have suspects at this time in the investigation.”
A man who had stopped Wednesday at Speed Check, Sharon-New Castle Road, Farrell, was robbed of $20 and a cell phone by a man who had a gun and left in a car.
In Hermitage, a man walking on Mercer Avenue was robbed by a man who approached him on foot but left in a car after taking his cell phone, wallet and some DVDs he had in a bag.
No one was injured in any of the robberies.