Waco robbery toll rises, businesses on edge

POSTED: Friday, May 20, 2011 - 3:25pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- The robbery count is now up to ten since May 13 in Waco. Numbers leaving victims like Robert Williams, owner of Nappy Roots Hair Salon, on edge.

"It's just a feeling of being violated," says Williams.

Williams was finishing up his last hair cut around ten Thursday night.

That's when the robber came in with a gun, demanding money.

"He told me, don't holler. Don't start hollering. He said you already know what I'm here for so give me what I want," says Williams.

Williams did that and remained unhurt by the robber. He says the gunman was young, from 18 to 21 years-old, and was wearing bandanas to cover his face.

Then there's Action Rental Center, the 9th store to be hit.

Jennifer Vera came into work Thursday morning to find her van window was busted out and more than $1,000 of equipment gone.

"We're definitely fed up. Everyone on this block has been effected in some shape or form by robberies over the last year," says Vera. She says this isn't the first time her store has been burglarized.

"This is the third vehicle that we've had broken in to with windows broken and things like that. We also have gas siphoned out of our vehicles on a regular basis to the point now that we don't even fill up our trucks."

This time she caught the thief on camera.

He is described as a white man, in his late 20s, early 30s with a bald head.

Vera hopes the thieves get caught soon so businesses can catch a break.

"It's just really horrible. We're all trying to stay a float in this bad economy. We're all trying to keep all our employees on and keep our costs down amidst all the other stuff that's going on, and it's really frustrating."

The main target has been convenience stores and businesses, and police are looking for a possible link some of the robberies. The suspects in the other 8 robberies are one to two black , about 25 to 35-years-old.

If you know any information, call police.

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