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Police warn businesses after two armed robberies

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Chattanooga police are warning business owners and residents alike of two armed robberies that police believe may be connected.

This first robbery was January 2 at at 11:21pm the Kangaroo at 1005 Hixson Pike.

The second robbery was January 3 at 9:33pm at the Family Dollar at 7307 Lee Highway.

Each robbery involves two black individuals, with one being about 6'-2” tall and the other being shorter, about 5'-06” in height. 

They were wearing coverings over their face and hooded sweat shirts with the hood pulled over their head. Both are described as being slender build.

Chattanooga Police Department units will be patrolling local businesses for any suspicious activity.

They ask that you immediately call 911 if something happens to you or someone else, or you notice anyone out of the ordinary. Police ask anyone with information regarding this crime to call 423-698-2525.

Tips from police to prevent robberies

Physical Deterrents

  • Always keep the inside of your business well lighted, especially the entrances and exits.
  • The cash register should be visible from outside the store. A clear view to the register from the street or parking lot assists police officers to see inside as they patrol the area. If the windows are blocked they cannot see in.
  • Keep cash at a minimum, and post notices in the doorway of this fact.
  • Periodically test video surveillance equipment to verify it is in proper working order.
  • Consider the installation of video cameras or alarm systems.
  • Mark the edge of the main doorway with measuring tape to help in obtaining an accurate height of the robber.
Be Observant
  • Employees and employers should remain alert and observant.
  • Several things to watch for:
  • Suspicious persons or vehicles around the business, especially at opening and closing time.
  • People wearing inappropriate clothing for the weather, such as heavy coats during warm weather.
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