Sheboygan police investigate two strong-armed robberies

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SHEBOYGAN (WITI) -- Sheboygan police are investigating two separate strong-armed robberies. The first robbery occurred on Saturday, March 29th and the second occurred on Monday, March 31st. The robberies occurred outside pharmacies -- and targeted women.

The first robbery occurred at a Walgreens located on 14th Street in Sheboygan. This incident was caught on surveillance video.

According to police, a 48-year-old woman was approached by a man who subsequently pushed her against her vehicle and took her purse before fleeing the scene through the eastbound parking lot.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall with a pale complexion and dark rings under his eyes. The suspect was further described as wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black T-shirt, blue jeans and shoes with the Air Jordan logo on the heel.

The second strong-armed robbery occurred on Sunday, March 31st at the Aurora Superior Pharmacy on Superior Avenue.

According to officials, a 50-year-old woman was approached by a man who knocked her to the ground and took her purse.  The woman received a laceration to her head and was transported to an area hospital for treatment and released.

The suspect is described as a white male, wearing a dark jacket and black boots. His face was concealed with a ski mask, revealing only the area around his eyes and nose.

The investigation related to both cases is ongoing.

"We're making every effort to stop it at two," Sheboygan Police Lt. Kurt Brasser said.

Lt. Brasser believes one man could be responsible for both incidents.

"Both (victims) were coming out with medications in their possession. We're probably dealing with someone dealing with an addiction," Lt. Brasser said.

"It is stranger-on-stranger crime," Sheboygan Police Captain Steve Cobb said.

The Sheboygan Police Department is asking citizens to take additional precautions when visiting a pharmacy.

"Surround yourself with potential witnesses so it's less likely for them to commit a crime," Captain Cobb said.

Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to contact Sheboygan police.