Police are investigating whether two Wednesday night robberies in Hempstead are related.
Nassau County police said as of Thursday morning detectives had not linked the robberies, which occurred about a mile apart — the first on Patterson Avenue near Oakmont Avenue at 8:35 p.m., the second on Main Street at 11:14 p.m.
Police said investigators are looking for any links, however, because both involved female victims and new BMWs.
In the first robbery, police said the victim, a 48-year-old woman, was sitting in her 2017 BMW 330i on Patterson north of Oakmont when “three male subjects entered her car.” Police said one of the suspects, who entered the front passenger seat, flashed a silver handgun — and demanded the woman drive from the scene. Instead, police said, the victim fled the car and ran to a home on Patterson where she called 911.
The suspects fled in the car, which police said was later recovered near Homan Boulevard and Kennedy Avenue.
Less than three hours after that robbery, police said, a woman, 32, was approached by two male suspects moments after she’d exited her 2017 BMW x5 on Main Street, one suspect displaying a handgun and demanding her property.
“The victim refused to comply,” police said.
The suspects then attempted to entered the locked BMW, police said, but ended up fleeing the scene on foot.
Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-8477.
All calls will remain confidential, police said.