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Rash Of Robberies Have Businesses On High Alert

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by Janet Kim

COLUMBIA, Tenn. - A rash of convenience store robberies has forced Maury County business owners and police to be on high alert.

The concern has prompted many business owners in Maury County to lock their doors, even during regular business hours and let their customers in on a case by case basis.

Surveillance video has been instrumental in finding clues to discover the suspect's identity. In two different instances, the suspect wore a fuzzy hat that covers his ears and a red bandana over his face. 

Officials with the Columbia Police Department said they believe the video provides enough evidence to link one man to at least two different convenient store robberies in the area.  

Just last week, the Trotwood Avenue BP in Columbia was robbed. The latest target is the Fast and Fresh Market also on Trotwood Avenue. The victim said he was robbed just after 6:00 Wednesday night. It was so early, it caught Hiral Patel off guard. 

"He said give me the money and then said put it in the plastic bag," said Patel. "Because I was in shock mode, I wasn't really thinking anything." 

The store's surveillance video includes 16 cameras and business owners like the Patels hope the images will help catch him. 

"I hope they catch the guy, I really hope they do," said Patel. 

Columbia Police said this suspect may have also tried to rob a third location, but when he came up to the business, realized the doors were locked.

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