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Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 10:52 am | Updated: 6:11 am, Wed Jul 11, 2012.

Police are looking into two separate armed robberies that occurred within hours of each other this past weekend.

Both robberies had similarities in that victims were held at gunpoint and were robbed of their cellphones and car keys, said Lt. Fernando Martinez of the Lodi Police Department.

However, the suspect descriptions are different, and police are unsure if the robberies are connected, Martinez added.

The first robbery occurred around 11 p.m. Saturday on the 300 block of Raven Lane. The victim had pulled over and was texting on their cellphone when a man wearing a bandanna around his face approached the car. He pointed a gun at the victim, Martinez said, and demanded money.

The victim stated that he did not have any money on him, so the suspect took the cellphone as well as the victim's car keys.

According to Martinez, the suspect was described as an African-American in his late 20s.

The second robbery occurred around 3 a.m. Sunday on the 300 block of Flora Street. A man and his friend had pulled into the north alley on Flora Street after the man said he was not feeling well.

The victim was trying to get out of the car when a Hispanic man in his late 20s approached the car, pointing a gun at the man's chest and head.

The suspect demanded the man hand over whatever he had. The victim handed the suspect his wallet, cellphone and car keys.

The suspect went through the wallet before throwing it back on the ground, Martinez said. The suspect did, however, take the car keys and the cellphone.

Neither victim had their car taken — only their car keys.

"Be aware of your surroundings," Martinez said. "People get so involved with their smart phones, and even when we are just texting and walking, we have to be aware of what's around you. Don't be so focused on your phone."

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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