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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Police in Henrico believe two recent convenience store robberies are connected and that the same person may be responsible for a weekend robbery in broad daylight in Ashland.

Police said the first incident in Henrico happened That's when the suspect walked into a convenience store in the 8700 block of Shrader Road at 6:40 Saturday morning. Officials said the man was brandishing a gun when he demanded cash and cigarettes.

Then on Monday, police said the a suspect walked into the parking lot of the 7-Eleven on Horsepen Road at 4:50 and forced the clerk outside to walk back in and grab cash from the register.

7-Eleven on Horsepen Road

7-Eleven on Horsepen Road

"In both cases, the suspect is wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses and some sort of mask over the lower half of their face," Lt. Chris Eley with Henrico County Police explained.

A third incident, which Henrico police think now may be connected, happened Sunday just after 9 a.m. Sunday in Ashland. That's when an armed robberwalked into a convenience store in the 500 block of South Washington Highway, pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and demanded money.

"The suspect is described as “a male of unknown race, 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 8 eight inches tall, medium build, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and black mask covering his face,” Chip Watts with the Ashland Police Department said.

If you have information about any of these robberies that could help investigators, call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

Surveillance photos of three area armed robberies.

Surveillance photos of three area armed robberies.