Robbery Rates

By: Deborah Tuff
By: Deborah Tuff

Police say seasonal months brings out the worse in some people and the worse has landed many robbers, who want to make a quick buck during the summer in the slammer.

During the summer months, does it seem like every time you tune in to your local news there's a report of a robbery at the local convenience store or title pawn shop?

Well, you're not imagining things because it could very well be a problem.

Major Nick Monday with the Dothan Police Department says, "We tend to see an increase in criminal activity during the summer months. There's more activity going on outside, there's more people leaving their purse in open view. It's just the nature of criminal activity."

Last summer, Dothan Police say robberies had become so frequent they had to have patrol cars set up in certain spots to see when one would happen and they aren't counting this summer out.

The robberies have the same scenario.

One to two gunmen walk into a convenience store or title pawn shop, with a gun, demand money from the clerk, then run out as quick as they came in.

Just this past weekend, three robberies occurred in the Circle City, leaving one clerk with injuries.

"Unfortunately, we've had a few robberies here in the last few days,” Major Monday said. “There's a tendency of these people, they rob in one place, then get away with it at that location then start robbing several places."

Meanwhile, Dothan Police patrol stay vigilant.

"During these times of heightened criminal activity, officers are more tuned to that they check convenience stores check businesses, they stop people who look like they shouldn't be where they are, we ask the public to call us if they see anything,” explains Major Monday.

Police do say it’s a problem but not as bad as it seems.

In last summer's cases, there were a group of people hitting up every convenience store or Advance Cash business they could.

From there, one group became two groups. That’s what authorities call the 'copy-cat' syndrome. Since then, those suspects have been arrested.

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