Gastonia police report 3 kidnappings since weekend - WRBL

Gastonia police report 3 kidnappings since weekend

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Gastonia Police are investigating three kidnappings believed to be connected. (WCNC) Gastonia Police are investigating three kidnappings believed to be connected. (WCNC)
GASTONIA, N.C. -

Police in Gastonia are investigating three kidnappings since Saturday which they think are related.

A statement issued Monday said the first kidnapping occurred last Saturday when the victim was unloading groceries at home after getting off work when he was forced into his car. Investigators said the suspects drove the victim to an automated teller machine and forced him to withdraw money.

The suspects then jumped into another car believed to have been following them and left.

The second occurred Sunday morning when a man was confronted in the parking lot outside his apartment. The suspects forced him to drive to several ATMs in Charlotte to get cash. The suspects got out of the car and left on foot near Concord, according to police.

Two people were preparing breakfast at a local church Monday morning when one of them was forced into a car. Both victims were taken to Charlotte, where they withdrew money from an ATM. The victims were released on Interstate 85 at the Sugar Creek Road interchange.

Police are asking for the public's help in finding the suspects.

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