LAFAYETTE, La. (KPEL) -- Police in Lafayette believe a series of three robberies over the course of the week may be connected to each other.

Cpl. Paul Mouton with the Lafayette Police Department says the robberies all happened this week, just days apart from each other.

Mouton says the first robbery happened Monday afternoon outside a business on East Vermilion Street. The victim says she was approached by a man armed with a handgun as she was leaving the business. He demanded the keys to her car, and a short time later, the car was found on Ninth Street.

On Wednesday, Mouton says the victim was unloading her van at her home on Foreman Drive when the suspect approached her armed with a handgun, demanded her keys, then drove off in the direction of West Congress.

Mouton says the third robbery happened Thursday morning on Johnston Street. The victim says she was in a parking lot when she was approached by the suspect who demanded her keys. Again, the suspect drove off, and the car was found a short time later on Voorhies.

According to Mouton, investigators strongly believe the first and third robberies are related. The suspect in those incidents is described as a black male, about 5-foot-8 inches to 5-foot-10 inches tall, weighing about 175 pounds, with a thin mustache.

The suspect in the second incident was simply described as a black male wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt.

If you have any information regarding any of these robberies, you're asked to call the Lafayette Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS.