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Overnight armed robbery at People's Food CoOp adds to growing list in Kalamazoo County

Police are searching for several suspects accused in a rash of robberies throughout Kalamazoo County.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Police are investigating another armed robbery in Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo Public Safety says it happened at the People's Food CoOp on Harrison Street around 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Officers tell Newschannel 3 a female employee called 911 reporting a black male entered the store, came up to her while she was in the back of the business and demanded she open the cash register. The clerk complied with his demands, heading to the front of the store. That is when police say the suspect threatened to shoot the employee if she did not hand over the cash, but the woman handed over the money in the register.

The woman told police the man implied he had a weapon, but she did not see it.

Once the suspect had the cash, he hit the employee in the face with his hand, and took off running.

Police tried to track the suspect with a K9, but could not locate him.

This now marks four armed robberies of businesses this week alone between Kalamazoo and Portage. Now both police and business owners are looking for ways to prevent any future crimes. while searching for the suspects on the loose.

Kalamazoo Public Safety is urging businesses to get good camera systems to help catch any potential thieves.

Some liquor store managers also tell Newschannel 3 they are taking their own precautions.

As for the suspects, KDPS is searching for a man accused of robbing the campus party store earlier this week. They believe the same man is wanted for robbing a Portage liquor store as well. Police are also asking for help identifying a third man involved in an armed robbery at the Sunny Mart last week. Two are in custody right now. Police say all suspects were armed, and one hit a maintenance worker who was mopping in front of the register.

Anyone with information on any of these robberies is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety or Silent Observer.

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