Conway police are investigating two robbery incidents that occurred early Friday morning at an Exxon gas station and a local Walgreens.
Conway Police Department spokesman LaTresha Woodruff said detectives believe the incidents are connected.
"We are looking into these two [robberies] as being possibly related," Woodruff told the Log Cabin Democrat on Monday.
According to an incident report, police were first notified shortly after 1:30 a.m. Friday of an attempted robbery at the J-Square Exxon on Dave Ward Drive.
An employee reportedly told authorities that a black man "with a small pencil [thin] mustache wearing a bluish grey hoodie" came into the store, "laid a candy bar on the counter, demanded that she open the register and give him the money," noting the man was "a young male" that was approximately 5 foot and 3 inches tall.
"You are joking, there are cameras everywhere," the employee reportedly said to the suspect.
According to the woman's statement, the suspect said he did "not care about the cameras and that there [was also] three guys outside." The man allegedly handed her a note on a piece of paper "that looked like a cookie sleeve from Subway" that told her to hand over "all the money." However, when she again refused, the man left the scene in what the woman described to police as a grey, four-dour car.
Shortly afterward, Conway police were called out to a similar incident at the Walgreens on Oak Street.
According to an incident report, authorities were called out shortly before 2 a.m. in reference to a man who laid a bag of Skittles on the counter before grabbing money out of the cash register at the store.
A store employee said the suspect acted as if he were about to pay for the candy but "leaned over the counter and started to grab money" before fleeing the store Friday.
The woman described the suspect as a black male wearing "a light blue or grey Old Chicago Beer Tour hoodie with grey sweat pants."
After reviewing security footage, police learned the suspect arrived at the store with another man in a silver, four-door car.
Woodruff said the police department advises local employees to immediately contact authorities in the event of a robbery.
"If this happens, the person involved should definitely call the police department immediately," she said Monday.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact Conway police at 501-450-6130. Tipsters can also remain anonymous by sending information to CRIMES (274-637) using the keyword "Conway" in the message.