Jan 9, 2013 2:01 AM by Eric Ross

Pueblo businesses concerned about recent rash of robberies

Pueblo businesses are on alert following a recent rash of robberies.

10 places have already been hit since the beginning of the year.

Around 6:15 p.m. Monday, a man stormed into the Fashion Hotline store with a gun and demanded cash.

Surveillance video released to News 5 shows a man wearing a red hoodie pointing a gun at the clerk just before the store was about to close for the day.

She complied and handed over the money. Fortunately, nobody was injured in this incident.

"The police were here within 4 or 5 minutes," owner Susan Steves said.

However, it was too late. The gunman was long gone. This was the first robbery for Steves, who is now on high alert.

"They (the robber) think it's an easy way to earn money instead of working," Steves said.

Fashion Hotline isn't the only store fed up with this type of crime.

JR's Country Store on E. Abriendo was robbed at gunpoint Monday morning.

A few days earlier and just minutes away, Adolfo's Mexican Restaurant was hit.

The recent robberies now have Steves taking action.

"We just bought bigger cameras that are going to be clearer," she said. "We're going to have more on the parking lot too."

During a robbery, police advise store clerks to remain calm and fully comply.

If possible, get a vehicle description or license plate number.

Lastly, lock the door after the robber leaves and wait for police to arrive.

Fashion Hotline says they always try to have two employees on the floor at all times.

Anyone with information about these recent burglaries is asked to call Pueblo Police.



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