Authorities were investigating armed robberies of convenience stores in Norwalk and Buena Park Tuesday in which two of the crimes involved the use of pepper spray on victims.

The first holdup occurred about 10 p.m. Monday at a liquor store in the 7800 block of Commonwealth Avenue in Buena Park. A masked gunman wearing a hoodie took money from a cash register, and two accomplices took cigarettes and bottles of liquor.

The second crime occurred about an hour later at Monroe Liquor in the 8800 block of Knott Avenue in Buena Park. Three men armed with knives robbed the clerk, who was pepper-sprayed. They got away with cigarettes, bottles of liquor and cash.

The third crime occurred about 1 a.m. Tuesday at a 7-Eleven store in the 12300 block of Imperial Highway in Norwalk.

The suspects pepper-sprayed the clerk, who was held at knifepoint. They grabbed an unknown amount of cash and fled, according to Deputy Tracy Koerner of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

It was not immediately known if the same suspects were involved in all of the crimes. Suspect descriptions were not immediately available.

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