Police Send Warning to Rural Store Owners

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WHITEVILLE, Tenn- Whiteville Police Chief Steven Stanley, said they are close to making arrests in a string of crimes plaguing businesses in his town. “We have two or three leads that are looking good,” said Chief Stanley. Since the two robberies and one burglary, his police department has beefed up patrols around local stores, but he still sent out a warning to business owners in rural towns. “Most robberies are crimes of opportunities,” said Stanley. “They’ll case the place out and see what security is in place and how many people are working.” Chief Stanley said in most small towns, stores do not have many employees and security is not a top priority. Just last week, Gurkin’s, a convenience store in a neighboring town was robbed, while only one employee was working. “Store owners have to make sure they have security cameras, panic alarms, and make sure they keep their area well-lit,” said Chief Stanley. Police are still investigating if the string of crimes are connected.

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