PASADENA, Texas – Pasadena police are investigating three robberies that happened during the month of December.
Investigators said they believe two men are responsible for the crimes.
According to video evidence, their faces are completely covered and they display handguns, police said.
In one of the robberies, the men pistol-whipped the clerk, according to police.
Police said the robbers usually rush into the store and go directly to the register area, where they force the cashier to the floor and to open the register.
In one of the robberies, one of the men violently pistol-whips the convenience store clerk across the head and then moments later kicks him in the face.
"These guys are out there and they've already done this 3 times, and it's already excalating into physical viiolence," Officer Jessica Ramirez said.
In another incident, a customer walks in and is immediately taken hostage by one of the robbers.
Pasadena police are alarmed by the level of violence these serial robbers have progressed to and they are worried what they will do next.
"Because it's aggravated robbery. They injured one of the victims and it's progressing and we dont' want anyone else to get hurt," Ramirez said.
The men have used trucks in the robberies, according to reports.
Police said they believe the vehicles used in the robberies have been stolen from nearby apartment complexes.
Anyone with information regarding the identity of the robbers is encouraged to contact the Pasadena Police Department at 713-477-1221 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).
Callers who wish to remain anonymous should contact Crime Stoppers. Information provided by the caller to Crime Stoppers that leads to the arrest of a suspect is eligible for a cash reward up to $5,000.