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GCPD asking for help identifying suspects in unrelated bank, cellphone store robberies

Gwinnett County police are asking for the public’s help identifying this man, who robbed the United Community Bank on South Lee Street in Buford on March 18. Anyone with information is asked to call 770-513-5300. (Special photo)

Gwinnett County police are asking for the public’s help identifying this man, who robbed the United Community Bank on South Lee Street in Buford on March 18. Anyone with information is asked to call 770-513-5300. (Special photo)

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Gwinnett County police are asking for the public’s help identifying this man, who robbed a Metro PCS store at 6405 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. in Norcross on March 14. Anyone with information is asked to call 770-513-5300. (Special photo)

Gwinnett County police released surveillance photos from a pair of unrelated recent robberies Thursday in hopes that the public can help identify the suspects.

At about 12:15 p.m. on March 18, a white male described as 30 to 40 years old, about six feet tall and having a light-colored goatee, entered the United Community Bank on South Lee Street in Buford. According to Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith, the man passed a note claiming he was armed to a teller and “acted as if he had a weapon in his jacket pocket.”

The unidentified man received “a small amount” of cash and fled on foot. Bank surveillance photos show him wearing a tan hat with a maroon bill.

A few days earlier on the morning of March 14, a black male believed to be in his mid-20s robbed the Metro PCS store at 6405 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. near Norcross.

“The suspect claimed he was there to pay a bill, but produced a handgun as soon as other customers left the store,” Smith said. “He robbed the clerk at gunpoint and fled the scene on foot prior to officers’ arrival.”

The man is described as about 5-foot-10 and 150 pounds with a mustache.

Neither suspect has been detained. Anyone with information on either case is asked to call GCPD robbery detectives at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS.

Crime Stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous and receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment.