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Police: Two robberies related as officers seek help from public

MOORHEAD - Moorhead and West Fargo police say they believe two robberies reported within an hour of each other Monday night are related, based on matching descriptions and a similar style of robbery.

West Fargo police responded at 9:39 p.m. to a robbery at Domino's Pizza at 1380 9th St. E., where a man had reportedly entered the store with a gun and demanded money.

The suspect was described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, 180 pounds, late teens to mid-20s, wearing aviator-style sunglasses, a blue bandana over his face and a dark hooded sweatshirt.

West Fargo and Cass County authorities with a K-9 unit tried to apprehend the suspect, but it's believed that he left by vehicle shortly after running from Domino's, police said.

No money was taken in the West Fargo incident, Sgt. Duane Sall said.

A similar armed robbery was reported to Moorhead police at 10:36 p.m. at Mellow Moods Pipe and Tobacco, 1825 Main Ave.

A man entered the business, displayed a handgun, demanded money from the clerk and then is believed to have fled the business in a vehicle, police said in a news release.

An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the store, Moorhead Lt. Joel Scharf said.

The description of the suspect was similar to the West Fargo incident, with the addition of a dark beard and red-colored pants. Moorhead police also received a description of the suspect's vehicle, believed to be a 1990s white or silver passenger car with possible front quarter panel damage.

"There were other people in the area who had seen the person come and go," Scharf said.

No one was injured in the incidents, which remain under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call West Fargo police at (701) 433-5500 or Moorhead police at (218) 299-5120.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528