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Published February 24, 2014, 06:35 PM

After the two robberies in the last 24 hours, Fargo police have already half the number of robberies they see in an average year

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Two robberies in Fargo, in less than 12 hours, It adds to a busier year than normal for Fargo police when it comes to area holdups and police say they're now trying to track down the latest suspects.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Two robberies in Fargo, in less than 12 hours, It adds to a busier year than normal for Fargo police when it comes to area holdups and police say they're now trying to track down the latest suspects.

Here in the metro, we've seen seven business holdups since the new year, Stop N Go here on 12th Avenue North is one of the latest.

Lt. Joel Vettel/Fargo Police: “Traditionally, surprisingly, over the last 5 years the highest number of occur in the month of January.”

This cold weather seems to cause people to strike, this time twice, in only 8 hours.

Police say a masked man entered the convenience store around 5 PM Sunday demanded the clerk get on the ground, and then fled with cash and merchandise.

And just hours later, another holdup, this time at gunpoint.

Shortly after 1 this morning at PetroServe on South University drive.

Vettel: “We never rule out the possibility of a connection, but at first blush, the events that occurred at the two separate sites were not really that related.”

Police say the first involves a white male suspect, about 40-years-old, who didn't appear to have a weapon.

The second- two black men with handguns.

Vettel: “We often see there's a trend. Often times when we have one of these events, they come kind of in patterns, in spurts.”

And although this season may seem normal, The numbers are still up.

Fargo police usually see about 11 robberies total each year, we're now just two months in, and about half-way to that number.

Fargo police are still searching for all three men.

No arrests have been made in either case.

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