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Group of robbers targeting Northwest valley stores

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A pair of robberies in the Northwest valley has local police on high alert. Armed men pushing their way into jewelry stores and pharmacy's with one thing on their minds, robbing the place.

In one case a store owner fought back with his own weapon. But the employee inside a Peoria Pharmacy during a robbery wasn't so lucky. She was assaulted and dragged around the store while suspects stole medication.

FOX 10 spoke with an employee of "V Jewelry" in Surprise but they did not want to be identified on camera but described what happened when the armed men confronted him Tuesday afternoon. "They just said this is a robbery... he held the door and I saw two guys in masks or one guy in a mask and another guy behind him come in... he had a weapon drawn so I drew my weapon".

The robbery happened during the day after 2 p.m. at the store near Bell Road & Grand Ave. Surprise Police say the suspects took off when they saw the employee had a gun too.

The employee spoke of what happened when he drew his weapon on the robbers. "Two came in then when I drew my weapon the two went right back out... the third all went flying out the door... it was a matter of less than 10 seconds for the whole thing."

The suspects were seen hopping over a fence at a neighboring apartment complex. About an hour later police believe the same men robbed a pharmacy on 91st Avenue & Thunderbird in Peoria about 7 miles away.

Store surveillance video shows two suspects jump over the counter, they grab an employee to keep her from calling for help then take drugs and money. While only two suspects were seen in the video one was wearing a ski mask the other a red Cincinnati Reds baseball hat. Just like the suspects in the jewelry store robbery.

"I'm positive they're the same people, 100% sure they're the same people, same hats and everything" said the jewelry store employee.

Employees at the jewelry store may be shaken up but they are thankful no one was hurt.

If you have any information on these suspects call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. You can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a $1,000 reward.

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