Police investigate string of robberies in Reidsville

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REIDSVILLE, N.C. -- Police are investigating a string of armed robberies at different businesses throughout the city within the last two weeks.

Police say three businesses were robbed at gun point since March 21.

“Give us all your money or we will shoot you in the head,” said Amer Habib, recalling the instructions thieves shouted at him while robbing his store last Monday.

“Within a few seconds, I saw them coming in,” he said.

Habib owns Week’s Grocery on Barnes Street.

Two males dressed in dark hoodies and bandanas stole about $400, according to police.

“I just opened the register and gave him all the money I had,” Habib said.

It happened so fast, Habib didn’t have time to get his gun or pepper spray.

“If something happens quickly like that, I mean what can you do expect calling police,” he said.

The second robbery happened Monday at 10:30 p.m. at the Minit Mart about half a mile away.

The third robbery happened just hours later at 12:16 p.m. Tuesday at Quick Cash Pawn on South Scales Street.

“Within eight days and you have three incidents just like this, it’s just crazy,” said Lt. Shannon Coates.

Police say one suspect involved with the first robbery was arrested Tuesday afternoon.

Coates doesn’t believe the three incidents are related and is urging workers at convenience stores to keep watch.

“Use common sense,” Coates said. “Whatever they’re asking for, give it to them. Don’t try to fight them, don’t try to take anything in your own hands.”

“Just protect yourself and your customers,” Habib said.

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