WASHINGTON – Police in Virginia are looking for two men believed to be responsible for a series of taxi driver robberies.
Fairfax and Prince William county police said Wednesday that the men have robbed at least six taxi drivers since December. In each of the robberies, the driver had parked the cab and was then robbed. All took place during the early morning hours.
The suspects were driving taxis during the robberies. Investigators say the cabs were stolen and then abandoned after the robbery.
The two robbers are described as black men in their 20s, who wore dark clothing and were armed with handguns. One of the men is about 5-foot-10 and weighs 175 pounds. The second man is about 6-foot-2 and weighs about 180 pounds.
Police say these six robberies are all connected:
Dec. 3, 2012: 8th Street and Lincoln Avenue at 6:05 a.m. A 39-year-old driver parked his cab and exited when another cab pulled up behind him. The driver exited, displayed a gun and demanded money. The victim complied and the robber fled.
March 30: 5100 block of Lincoln Avenue at 6:26 a.m. A 34-year-old driver was walking to his cab when two people exited another car, armed with a handgun and took property from the victim. The robbers fled in the other car.
June 20: 6500 block of Cherokee Avenue at 2:10 a.m. A 51-year-old driver parked his car in a parking lot. Two suspects exited another vehicle, each armed with guns. They took money and property from the victim and fled in the other car.
June 21: 14000 block of Baneberry Circle in Prince William County at 3:48 a.m. A 54-year-old driver parked his vehicle and was approached by two suspects, one with a handgun. The robbers took property from the victim and fled in their vehicle.
June 23: 6400 block of Wingate Street at 3:45 a.m. A 29-year-old driver parked his cab and exited. He was approached by a man brandishing a handgun. The robber took cash and property from the victim and fled in another car.
A sixth robbery in another jurisdiction is also believed to be connected. Police did not release any additional details.
Anyone with information about the robbers or robberies is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or text “TIP187″ plus your tip to CRIMES (274637).
Crime Solvers is offering a reward of $100 to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest.