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In what looks like a two-man crime spree, Providence police have arrested one suspect in two armed robberies that occurred minutes apart early Tuesday in Seekonk, and Attleboro and other police are searching for an associate who they say might have hit two Attleboro gasoline stations Tuesday night.

The two men are also suspects in other robberies in Rhode Island.

Steve J. Wahl, 52, of Providence, was taken into custody after a Don's Mobil clerk identified him as the robber of his Route 114A gas station, Seekonk police said.

The Dunkin' Donuts on Route 6 in Seekonk also was robbed by a suspect who attempted to flee with the cash register, police said.

Meanwhile, the driver of that getaway vehicle, whom Attleboro detectives believe was responsible for the Attleboro gas station robberies, remained at large on Wednesday night. "The same suspect has been identified in the two Attleboro robberies and in Rhode Island and Seekonk," Attleboro Detective James Cote said. "We are pursuing leads now and attempting to apprehend him."

The two Attleboro gas stations were hit minutes apart Tuesday night, with the suspect fleeing a Citgo station on South Avenue with no money, but moments later forcing a clerk to give him money at a Getty station on Newport Avenue in South Attleboro.

A handgun was shown in both Attleboro incidents, police said.

The suspect reportedly stole a black Nissan from Providence that was used as the getaway vehicle in the Attleboro robberies.

Both suspects in the Seekonk robberies will be charged with armed robbery, assault to commit felony, assault by dangerous weapon, larceny under $250, malicious destruction of property over $250 and conspiracy to commit a felony, Seekonk police said.

About 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, police were notified of the armed robbery of the Dunkin' Donuts at 1200 Fall River Ave. (Route 6). The suspect reportedly showed a gun. He fled with no money in a dark-colored Ford Expedition, police said.

Within minutes, a second armed robbery was reported at Don's Mobil at 960 Fall River Ave. The suspect fled with cash, also in an Expedition, police said.

The suspects and vehicles in the two robberies had similar descriptions.

Police from several agencies chased the vehicle as it sped from Seekonk to East Providence to Providence.

An Expedition was found abandoned near Whalen Square in Providence, and Providence police detained a man matching the robber's description. Providence police then showed the man to the Don's Mobil clerk.

Wahl allegedly robbed a Dunkin' Donuts in Warwick, R.I. earlier in the week. Police say he told a clerk he had a gun, then fled with money.

Wahl and his associate are also suspects in robberies in Providence, police say.

Cote said the associate is a suspect in armed robberies in Warwick, Providence, Seekonk and Attleboro.

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/articles/2008/11/20/news/3961407.txt
 
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