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Second Westbury apartment resident robbed at gunpoint

Four men burst into the apartment of a 57-year-old woman late Wednesday, holding her at gunpoint before taking her driver's license and a credit card, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

It was the second armed robbery this week at the Estates at Westbury in greater Bluffton. The Sheriff's Office says it might be connected to an incident Sunday night, when a 57-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint outside an apartment on Kensington Boulevard.

"There's a good probability they're related," Sgt. Robin McIntosh said.

In Wednesday's robbery, the woman told deputies she was watching TV at about 11:30 p.m. when she heard a noise outside. As she walked down the hall to investigate, four men rushed through the door and into her apartment.

A man armed with a handgun ordered her into her bedroom. He forced her to lie on the floor with her face covered while the other three rummaged through her belongings.

The men fled, taking the license and card. The woman was not injured, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The robbers were described as light-skinned black males who wore bandanas over their faces and black hooded sweatshirts.

In Sunday's robbery, a man was returning from the gym when two men held a gun to his head and pushed him into his apartment. They ordered him to lie on the ground as they searched his apartment.

They took his gym bag, which contained a handgun, before running away.

Both robbers were described as black males wearing jeans and dark-colored sweatshirts. One had a white bandana over his face.

The Sheriff's Office is encouraging area residents to be watchful and immediately report any suspicious activity.

Jaziel Green, executive director of the Estates at Westbury Park Homeowners Association, said she plans to distribute flyers alerting residents to the robberies. The flyers will feature safety tips and emergency contact numbers, she said.

"We're trying to do all that we can do on our end to make sure people are safe," Green said.

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