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    Mayura Dissanayaka was behind the counter when he noticed his fellow employee return after a run to the bank. An SUV pulled in the parking lot and two men jumped out to grab the bank bag.

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Police say that their crime spree has ended at the Circle K near Fort Lowell and Columbus.

With this latest string of robberies, Tucson Police have their hands full.

Police say last year they had more than 400 commercial robbery cases reported. This number includes just gas stations and convenience stores.

This year, to date, 255 armed robberies so far.

Those who work in the gas station business say that these robberies are something they have to train to deal with and it can be pretty scary.

"Unfortunately it's a sad reality they deal with in this business," said Jim Russell, a gas station clerk.

The latest crime spree, late Sunday, just after eleven, police say two men wearing Halloween masks barged into a Circle K, on east Speedway.

One pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded cash, the other swept through the store, stealing food, cigarettes, and beer. In less than an hour, police say the suspects hit up a Quickmart on east Fifth and another Circle K on east Fort Lowell.

Not the crime of the century, but big potential for danger. Police say it's a desperate crime committed by desperate men.

"These people are willing to put their freedom at stake," said TPD PIO Chris Widmer. "They are willing to commit a serious crime for very little gain."

Russell says they are prepared to face these dangers everyday on the job, they work surrounded by cameras.

"If something happens we just hit the panic button," said Russell. "Police will respond immediately."

Apart from security cameras and panic buttons, every gas station employee gets special training on how to deal with these armed robbers.

Number one, never run after the suspect, note how they are dressed and what they look like.

Their faces may be hidden, but tonight police are hoping someone out there recognizes these suspects by their build or their clothing.

If you have any information call 911 or 88 crime. 

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