- Associated Press - Thursday, March 27, 2014

OREM, Utah (AP) - Orem police are looking for suspects after a string of sometimes-violent robberies at Hispanic markets.

Police Lt. Craig Martinez says three robberies have taken place at Hispanic stores in the past month, although authorities aren’t sure why the businesses are the targets.

The first incident happened Feb. 26 at El Centro Market in Orem. Two armed robbers reportedly entered the store wearing ski masks and dark hoodies, took money and fled on foot.

El Centro market was robbed again on March, 17, and the La Pequenita Market was robbed on Monday.

Martinez says the incidents have escalated, and the robbers hit a clerk in the back of the head in the most recent robbery, possibly with a gun.

Witnesses say the suspects speak fluent English and Spanish.

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