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Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2012 11:52 pm | Updated: 12:08 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — For the second time in a week, Emerald Isle Pull Tabs has been the victim of an armed robbery.

The Airport Way pull-tab parlor was held up by a man with a handgun about 5:40 p.m. Saturday, who demanded money and made off with $517 in cash, according to Fairbanks police. On Nov. 16, the same establishment was held up by a handgun-wielding man who collected about $1,400.

In both cases, descriptions of the hold-up man are vague. The man, who had a mask covering his face, was described in the first robbery as a tall, skinny white male. In the second hold-up, he was described as a white man wearing a dark blue hoodie.

Fairbanks police Sgt. Robert Thompson said there’s not a proven link between the two hold-ups, but a connection seems likely.

“I can’t say for certain, but it looks like it could be the same individual,” he said.

Thompson said the back-to-back robberies at Emerald Isle are unusual for the establishment, which hadn’t been targeted for many years before the recent activity. News-Miner public safety report archives show an unsuccessful robbery attempt at Emerald Isle in 2007, which followed a hold-up in 2006 that netted less than $100.

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