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April 18, 2006
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Police investigating crime spree in D.C. and Md.

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON- Fast-acting thieves with powerful weapons have police in the District of Columbia and an adjoining Maryland county sharing notes in a rash of quick-hitting robberies and carjackings they believe are connected.

The series of at least nine robberies and four carjackings started Sunday night in Northwest Washington when two suspects in a black Jeep Liberty robbed a victim armed what appeared to be machine guns, D.C. Metropolitan Police said.

It resumed in Prince George's County around 1:00 p.m. Monday when three robberies were reported within minutes.

Roughly a half-hour later in the District, several suspects, again in a black SUV, pistol whipped a victim, police said.

Over the next hour, gunmen committed six more robberies and carjackings in Washington.

A black Jeep Liberty was seen at several of the robbery sites in Washington, along with several other vehicles that were reported stolen earlier Monday.

Police believe they are dealing with at least four suspects, who pulled off robbery after robbery in the middle of the day on busy streets and stole at least four cars.

Two of the vehicles were recovered Monday, police said. However, no arrests had been made late Monday.

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