CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Police have arrested two men believed to be responsible for 4 of the 12 armed robberies that happened in a 48 hour period.
"One robbery, eight robberies we take it to the same degree of seriousness," said Sgt. Brian Scharf . "These are violent crimes, one step away from getting a lot worse," he said.
No injuries were reported, however police say eight businesses were held up early overnight Monday, and thieves targeted four more the following night.
"Honestly, in one night, it's fairly uncommon. In fact, its probably really uncommon," Sgt. Scharf declared.
Investigators say surveillance pictures and a fingerprint match helped them identify the suspect in two of the robberies.
They have arrested David Thomas, 37, charging him with two counts of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and two counts of 2nd degree Kidnapping for holding up a Quick Trip on Albermale and another one on The Plaza.
Police found a connection with two other robberies, arresting Brandon Hallums, 23. He is accused of robbing a 7-Eleven on Brookshire Blvd and an Xpress Mart on Nations Ford.
They don't believe Hallums has any connection to Thomas. Halllums is charged with two counts of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon.
He also had an outstanding warrant for Resisting Arrest. Patrol officers in the Steele Creek division picked him up in large part due his flashy getaway car.
"It was a bright colored purple vehicle, so it really stood out," said Sgt. Scharf.
Beyond those cases, police say it appears to be a coincidence that so many robberies occurred in a short period of time.
"They don't appear to be linked, it doesn't appear to be any kind of group of people robbing," said Scharf. "It looks to be a couple of individuals, that unfortunately went out and did some bad things," he explained
Anyone with information about these robberies is asked to contact CMPD.