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Caught on Camera: Mifflin General Robbery

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, TENN.- Authorities said there have been four what they call aggravated armed robberies over the last four days.

The fourth store robbed is the Mifflin General Store just outside of Jackson city limits in Madison County.

"This is a small community we generally feel safe here and we don't now," said store manager Tonya Day. "I've been here a long time and nothing like this has ever happened."

The surveillance video shows the suspect ran in and made a bee-line to the cash register. On the tape the cashier's husband is seene
running in after the gunman.

"Well her husband's initial reaction was of course to protect his wife and he wanted to tackle the guy but she screamed don't he has a gun," said Day. "If somebody has a gun it's not worth losing your life for a few hundred dollars."

The suspect then demanded cash and ran away on foot. Officials said the robbery happened around 6 p.m. which is a time when the store usually has a lot of customers and traffic.

"I mean there were people everywhere there were customers in the store and customers in the parking lot," said Day. "Anybody that would come barreling in somewhere with people around and children around with a gun waiving it around like that needs to be in jail."

This is the first time the Mifflin General has been robbed according to the staff. Employees said they believe the man who robbed their store is dangerous.

"I'm a little in between kinda nervous and scared," said cashier Paula Ray.

Employees said the robbery has made some think twice about their safety.

"You have a false sense of security here you think your in this little community kind of on the outside of town and you know your okay out here but your not I guess nobody is safe anywhere," said Day.

So far no arrests have been made. Anyone with information that can help is asked to contact the Madison County Sheriffs Department or Crime Stoppers.

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