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Customer fires shot, spooks robbers in Spring Garden

Christopher Dornblaser
505-5436/@YDDornblaser
Police are looking for two men who they say robbed an Advance Auto Parts in Spring Garden Township over the weekend. Photo courtesy of Spring Garden Township Police.
  • Spring Garden PD are investigating three robberies that happened over the past few days.
  • Police say a customer shot at the ground, scaring two armed robbers at the Advance Auto Parts Monday night.
  • Two men in "Scream" masks robbed the Dollar General Saturday night, police said.
  • Anyone with information on the incidents is asked to call police at (717) 843-0851.

An armed customer scared off two robbers when the customer fired at the ground in a Spring Garden Township store earlier this week, according to police.

Police say two armed robbers entered the Advance Auto Parts at 1033 Mount Rose Ave. about 5:30 p.m. Monday and pointed handguns at the employees and demanded money. One victim was pulled to the floor, and his face was smashed into it, according to police.

An armed customer fired a gun at the ground, and the two robbers fled with an undisclosed amount of money. Other customers were in the store at the time, according to police.

One suspect is described as a young Hispanic male, 5-foot-6, with a thin build, wearing a black ski mask, black hoodie, light blue jeans and red, gray and white sneakers. The second suspect is described as a young black male, 5-foot-9, with a heavier build and brown eyes. He was wearing a black ski mask, black hoodie, black jacket, dark blue jeans and black shoes.

Police are looking for two men who they say robbed an Advance Auto Parts in Spring Garden Township over the weekend. Photo courtesy of Spring Garden Township Police.

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Other robberies: Monday's robbery was preceded by two other robberies that happened in the township over the weekend.

Shortly before midnight Saturday, police responded to an armed robbery at the Turkey Hill Minit Market at 1338 Mount Rose Ave., police said. The victims told police that someone entered the store, pointed a handgun at them and demanded money.

The suspect is described as a white male, 5-foot-8, with an average build. Police say he was wearing a green ski mask, black hoodie and blue jeans.

He was last seen running eastbound from the front of the store with an undetermined amount of money.

Another robbery occurred the night before, according to police. Police say two males wearing "Scream" masks entered the Dollar General at 1077 S. Edgar St. about 9:30 p.m. Friday. The two pointed handguns at the employees and demanded money from the registers and safe.

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One suspect is described as a man with a "short" build, wearing a white, gray and black plaid hoodie. The second suspect is described as a man with a tall and thin build who was wearing all black clothing.

Police say in November, that same Dollar General was robbed at gunpoint by people in "Scream" masks, matching the same description as the suspects from Friday.

That robbery happened at about 9:15 p.m. Nov. 3.

Anyone with information regarding the incidents is asked to call police at 717-843-0851 or the York County Crime Stoppers at 717-755-8477.

Police say two men with "Scream" masks robbed a Dollar General in Spring Garden Township on Nov. 3 and Dec. 2. Photo courtesy of Spring Garden Township Police.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.