Tupelo sees streak of armed robberies, bank heists

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – When dealing with armed robbers, police say the best thing victims can do is to calmly comply.
Tuesday night’s armed robbery of the Sprint Mart at 1720 North Gloster St. was Tupelo’s sixth since June and possibly the second one that day. Investigators are still looking into a report that a man was robbed at gunpoint at Hillsdale apartments Tuesday afternoon.
Tupelo Police Capt. Chuck Bunn said a black man in his early 30s, about 5 feet 5 inches tall and wearing blue jean shorts and black and white tennis shoes walked in the store at about 9 p.m. and demanded the clerk give him cash. He was allegedly holding a black handgun. No one was injured in the incident.
Bunn said even though there have been at least six armed robberies, including two bank robberies, since June, only two were related. And the main thing they all had in common was that no one was injured in any of them.
“Most of the time these people just want to get the money and get out of the businesses as fast as they can,” said Bunn. “So whatever they ask for, just give it to them. Don’t try to be a hero. The money can be replaced.”
Suspects have been arrested in all but one of the robberies, according to Bunn, a good sign for law enforcement and victims. Guns also have been recovered in most of the crimes.
“We can’t tell where and when these things will happen or even why for that matter,” said Bunn. “We had one guy in these series of robberies to say he did it to feed his family, so the motives vary. But thanks to our patrol division getting to the scenes quickly and our investigative unit gathering good evidence, we have been able to arrest all but one of these suspects.”
Bunn said police are still following leads on Tuesday’s robbery.
If you have information about this crime, contact CrimeStoppers at (800) 773-8477.
danza.johnson@journalinc.com