MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Authorities are searching for women who have robbed three Mid-South businesses in recent months.
Thursday, Shelby County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Steve Shular said the robberies, dating back to October of last year, may involve a single woman or a group of female robbers.
Two robberies happened in Lakeland, while the other was in Memphis.
The first Lakeland robbery happened last October at the UPS Store on Highway 64. There, Shular said, a woman armed with a pistol threatened to shoot a clerk if she didn't hand over cash.
"They made very, very strong comments to the clerk," Shular said. "'Either you give me the money or I'll blow your head off'."
The second Lakeland robbery happened nearby on December 22, when, just after noon, a well dressed woman walked into the Cash Quick on Highway 64. According to Shular, the woman, who was armed with a pistol, tied up a clerk and took cash from the store. She also took the clerk's purse.
"The ladies have walked in with a lot of confidence," Shular said. "They're armed with guns, and they mean business."
Later that day, Shular said, a woman possibly contemplated a robbery at a car title business in the 7200 block of Highway 64 in Memphis. A clerk said a woman wandered through the store acting suspiciously. She looked down to hide her face from store security cameras and eventually left without doing any business.
Shular said the female suspect or suspects may also be connected to the recent robbery of a car title business in Cordova.
On February 16, a woman with a pistol robbed the Title Max at 1120 North Germantown Road. The woman wore a black hooded jacket, black scarf and dark colored pants. It appeared she had a scar or dark mark near her upper lip and nose. She drove away in a white Toyota Camry.
"We've had several incidents. They've all involved women, and in three of those could've left some very...deadly issues."
As detectives continue to investigate the robberies, Shular asked anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.