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Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
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JEFFERSON, La. -- Detectives are investigating a rash of convenience store robberies across Jefferson Parish.

According to records at the sheriff's office, many of the stores being hit are the Brother's Food Mart locations.

'Seeing someone with a ski mask and guns would definitely freak me out,' said Metairie resident Jessica Stewart.

Late at night or in the early mornings hours, convenience stores across Jefferson Parish are being targeted by armed robbers. The sheriff's office confirms it has seen a spike on both the east and West Banks.

According to the sheriff's office, records a gas station in the 4100 block of Airline Drive was targeted on Dec. 16 and 19 not far from Stewart's front door.

'Its very surprising considering the fact that I come here every other day. We walk from my house. It's right around the corner. We go frequently,' said Stewart.

JPSO 911 headquarter reports show other Brother's Food Marts have been robbed this month. On Saturday night a convenience store in the 3500 block of S. I-10 Service Road was hit. Last Wednesday morning in the 8600 block of River Road, another store in Waggaman was hit. Five and a half miles away on Dec. 5 and Dec. 13, a gas station located in the 1000 block of Seven Oaks Boulevard in Bridge City was also robbed.

'A lot of people don't get a chance. They get shot and they take the money anyway. That's the worst part,' said Joe Hodgkinson with Sal's Auto Electric & Repair.

The mom and pop shop located on Airline Drive is less then a block from this past weekend's armed robbery.

Hodgkinson said hearing about the uptick in convenience store crime is alarming but not surprising.

'They know they have money. They have a lot of business, they do a lot of business. Put two and two together. That's how they know,' said

Eyewitness News reached out to the Gretna-based owner of Brother's Food Mart. As of news time on Monday night, WWL-TV have not been able to get a response.

The sheriff's office says some of the armed robberies are connected.

If you can help detectives solve these cases you're asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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