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Published December 14, 2012, 08:18 PM

Suspects are still at large after a rash of armed robberies in Fargo

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Two armed robberies have hit the city of Fargo in the last week and in both, the suspects are still at large.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Two armed robberies have hit the city of Fargo in the last week and in both, the suspects are still at large.

Police say although that number may seem high, these types of crimes are still very rare for our area. In just a week's time, two Fargo businesses have been robbed at gunpoint. The first on Saturday at Gamestop on 45th Street. The second at Red D Ca$H on 25th street Thursday. And although no one was hurt, the worst part, all suspects are still out in the community, with a weapon.

Lt. Joel Vettel/Fargo Police: "We certainly don't like having people out and about in the public committing these types of crimes. Certainly it's concerning to us and we know it's concerning to the public."

Since August Fargo has seen seven armed robberies hit businesses.

So far, police have been able to solve three of those.

Vettel: "When we take into custody nearly half of the people involved in these types of events, I think that speaks highly of our investigators but it also speaks highly of our ability to work with the public."

In Moorhead numbers are slightly lower. The only armed robbery in the last year occurred at Stop and Go and the suspect was caught.

Lt. Tory Jacobson/Moorhead Police: "Well geographically, Moorhead is certainly smaller than Fargo and with the officer presence, you know, we're aware."

And even though more than half of Fargo's suspects are not yet behind bars, Vettel says there's no reason for people to worry. He says crime usually spikes around the holidays, often occurs in clusters, and rarely results in injury.

Vettel: "People recognize we live in one of the safest places in the world, and we will continue to work hard as a community to keep that as part of our culture."

A culture, that takes great pride in its safety. Police ask anyone with more information on the robberies to contact the department.

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