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Holdups at 3 Huntsville churches may be related

HUNTSVILLE (AP) — Five people in two churches were robbed at gunpoint in holdups in the churches less than 20 hours apart, and a third holdup was attempted at another church several hours later.

Police spokesman Wendell Johnson said Tuesday investigators believe the robberies are related.

Two men robbed a secretary and two deacons at Mastin Lake Church of Christ in its office about 11 a.m. Monday. The robbers, both in their 20s, took about $75.

That followed a holdup about 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Parkway Church of Christ. Reed Swindle, youth minister at Memorial Parkway, was in his office with a guest speaker when a gunman entered and took $80 from them.

Police said a third robbery was attempted by two men at Whitesburg Baptist Church in South Huntsville about 8:15 p.m. Monday.

But they ran away when the victim told them she didn't have a purse.

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Information from: The Huntsville Times, http://www.al.com/hsvtimes/hsv.html

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