Police: Recent Rash of Robberies Not a Trend

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

Investigators are calling it a crime wave--three robberies in three weeks and police are still on the hunt for the suspects.

A pharmacy, a bank and a movie theatre parking lot--places where police say suspects stole cash and drugs and got away.

Investigators say they don't believe the crimes are linked and aren't worried about a crime trend.

Sirens have been sounding a lot in the city calling officers to robberies.

It was last month when a man walked in and pointed a gun at Rite Aid employees demanding drugs from the pharmacy.

Just two weeks later, a man walked into Vectra Bank, didn't show a Jweapon but demanded cash from tellers and jumped into a get away van.

Yesterday, a Carmike Theater Manager was walking out to the parking lot when he was held up at gunpoint.

Police spokeswoman Kate Porras says investigators have been working non–stop on these three cases but there's no magic bullet to catching the crooks.

"We do our best to try to talk to as many people that can give us info. We have some excellent forensic investigators that will collect evidence. It depends on each crime as far as what we have to work with," Porras told 11 News on Tuesday.

She says it sounds like a pattern but really it's just crime wave that will level out.

"Is it a spike or trend? We haven't seen anything that would lead us to believe that."

Porras says three robberies this late in the year is not a lot in comparison to the yearly average and the number of armed and unarmed robberies is actually down.

In 2006, there were 49, in 2007, there were 38 and last year just 36.

But even though this snapshot shows robberies leveling off, Porras says you should always be on your guard.

"Be aware of your surroundings and make sure you're not putting yourself in a place that would increase your chances of becoming a victim."

Because Porras says although crime may not be spiking it is unpredictable.

Investigators are still looking for three seperate suspects in the Vectra Bank and Carmike robberies. See descriptions below:

The first is the man who robbed the Rite Aid on 12th Street in May. Police say he is a white male in his mid-20s with buzzed reddish hair. He was wearing a long-sleeved blue shirt with stripes and a pair of faded blue jeans at the time of the robbery.

The second suspect is wanted in the robbery of Vectra Bank on F Road at 24 Road last week. Police are looking for a white male in that case as well. They say he’s around 25 years old, about 5’ 7” tall with a slender build. He was wearing a dark shirt and blue jeans during the robbery.

And the third suspect is wanted in the gunpoint robbery of the Carmike Cinemas movie theater manager late last week. In this case, police are looking for a white male about 6’ tall who was wearing a grey sweatshirt, black pans, black scarf and black stocking cap.

Anyone with information on any of these crimes is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 241–STOP.


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