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Police investigate armed robbery spree in eastern CT

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WILLIMANTIC, CT (WFSB) -

An armed robbery spree has been happening in the eastern part of the state, and troopers need the public's help to find the people responsible. 

There were four armed robberies in three areas of Connecticut all within the first few days of the new year, and state police said it believes they are all related. 

"I'm scared, nervous," said MD Hussain. 

Hussain is the 7-11 store clerk who had a gun pointed at him on Saturday during an armed robbery in Marlborough. Surveillance pictures showed the frightening moments when two men entered and demanded cash. 

"Two guys, one guy with a pistol and hold the pistol, and he said, 'Don't move; don't talk anything. Give me money,'" Hussain said. 

Police believe one of the men from the 7-11 incident was at it again later in the day on Saturday, this time robbing the Mobile Mart on Windham Turnpike in Franklin at gunpoint. 

Police said the string of robberies started on New Year's Day when the same man robbed the Sam's store on Main Street in Willimantic. About 13 minutes later, police believe he, along with two accomplices, robbed the A-1 Gas Station on West Main Street in Willimantic. 

"Somebody out there may be able to recognize these assailants," said Corporal Stanley Parizo of the Willimantic Police Department. 

The suspect allegedly involved in all four robberies is described as a Hispanic man, approximately 5'4" to 5'7" tall with a stocky build. The accomplice in the 7-11 robbery is described as a heavyset white man. 

So far, no clerk, including Hussain, has been injured, but police want to put a stop to this before something worse happens. 

"Again we're dealing with these robberies, back to back to back to back. The firearm part of this is the big problem for us," said Parizo. 

No arrests have been made in any of these cases. If you have information or recognize the men seen in the pictures, you're asked to call state police.