According to a release, an employee of Ozzie’s Party Store, 1354 E. Broadway, was ambushed in the parking lot by an armed suspect at about 12:19 a.m.
The suspect demanded money, but the victim told him he didn’t have any.
Police believe the suspect fled in a silver Chevy Blazer and that there may have been a second person in the vehicle. The robbery suspect is described in a release as a Hispanic male wearing a light colored hoodie with a black bandana over his face.
The second crime happened less than two miles away at the Shell gas station, 4185 Grand Haven Rd. A suspect entered the gas station at about 12:54 a.m., pointed a handgun at the clerk and fled with an undisclosed amount of money.
That suspect is described by police as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall between 160 and 170 lbs. He was wearing a gray zip-up hoodie, a black baseball hat with a white bandana with black markings on it across his face.
Police said the clerk told them he fled eastbound on Airport Road in a tan Chevy Blazer.
Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to call Norton Shores Police at 231-733-2691.