Atwater police are searching for a man believed to have robbed two stores at gunpoint minutes apart early Thursday.
A man in a hooded sweatshirt armed with a handgun robbed the Valero gas station and mini-mart around 3 a.m. on East Bellevue Road.
About 30 minutes later, a man matching the same description, robbed the Circle K mini-mart on Shaffer Road. He last was seen running west on Atwater Boulevard.
Police did not comment on the amount of money taken in each robbery.
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The man was described as being approximately 6 feet tall and heavy set. He wore a two-tone gray hooded sweatshirt with a red Fresno Bulldog logo on the front. The bill of the baseball cap was described as red in color and he was said to have been wearing longer shorts, police said in a statement.
Video surveillance footage from both stores captured both incidents.