ATLANTA - Two armed robberies, within a half hour and a half mile not far from the BeltLine. With no arrests so far, Atlanta police say they can't rule out a connection, although there is at least one big difference.
Monday night before 11:00, Atlanta police sat a man in his mid-20s was walking on Austin Avenue. The victim said a man in his 30s jumped out of a white Ford Econoline van, said hello, walked past, then demanded he get on the ground.
The suspect took his backpack, satchel, and wallet. The victim memorized the license plate number as they drove off. Police tell us the van was stolen out of DeKalb County just hours before.
Shortly after, just a half mile down the road on Elizabeth Street in Inman Park, a woman in her early 20s tells us she was talking on her phone and unlocking her bike went to the man in a blue Honda SUV jumped out.
She said the driver stayed in the car. The man took her phone out of her hand held a gun to her head then took her purse and ran back to the waiting car.
Please tell us they're following all the weeds and cannot rule out a connection even with the different vehicles.
Despite the recent trouble nearby people we spoke to you say they'll still be out there.
"Even though something bad happens, there's so much good," said Nellie Jenkins who was on a bike ride with her daughter on the BeltLine. "You've gotta stay positive because that can happen anywhere. But I think if you pair up and ride with someone and just try not to go where you're by yourself or in the dark, I wouldn't do that anyways."
Although these two incidents were near the BeltLine they were not on the trail. Atlanta please tell us there's only been one to reported crime on the BeltLine in 2017 they say were on track to have more than 2.3 million visitors by the end of the year.