Video: 2 New Orleans East businesses robbed by masked gunmen

New Orleans police are asking for assistance identifying masked gunmen who robbed two businesses within a 24 hour span in New Orleans East.

Officers say they do not believe that the robberies are related, but they have obtained surveillance video from both crime scenes.

Officers say the first robbery occurred on July 9 around 3:50 a.m. Video surveillance shows three men enter a business in the 7900 block of Chef Menteur Highway. Once inside, one suspect secured the entrance door as a lookout while two others ordered a store employee to open the register.

The suspects made off with $2,000 in cash, two pistols and two cartons of cigarettes, police say. The trio fled the scene on foot toward nearby Werner Drive.

The suspects were described as:

  1. African American male, wearing white shirt, black pants, armed with a Glock handgun with an extended magazine.
  2. African American male, wearing a black sweatshirt, white shirt, armed with a black semi-automatic handgun.
  3. African American male, wearing a black shirt, black pants, armed with a Black handgun

The second robbery occurred on July 10 around 2 p.m. Officers say that two suspects entered a business, located in the 12300 block of South I-10 Service Road. Both suspects wore white t-shirts over their heads.

Officers say that one suspect raised his shirt, revealing a pistol in his waistband. The suspects demanded cash, emptied the cash registers and fled the scene with approximately $200, police say.

The suspects in this incident are described as:

  1. African American male, 6'2", medium build, light complexion, wearing white t-shirt, blue jeans and was wearing red baseball cap and white shirt covering his face.
  2. African American male, 5'11", approximately 180 pounds, medium complexion, wearing a dark shirt, black shorts with a white t-shirt hiding his face.

Both suspects fled on foot eastbound on the I-10 Service Road.

Investigators do not believe the two robberies are related. Anyone with information that can help solve the cases is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 822-1111.

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