Recent Robberies Have Shoals Police Concerned

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – As fall sweeps in, so does a season during the year that police start preparing for.

In the Shoals, law enforcement say the season of crime that surrounds the holidays seems to have started earlier than normal.

“This time of year, we are coming up on the season, all these things start taking place again.”

Deputy Chief Tim Shaddix with the Florence Police Department is talking about the recent increase in the number of burglaries, thefts and armed robberies his officers have seen in the last several weeks.

In Lauderdale and Colbert counties, law enforcement has responded to four armed robberies in the last fourteen days.

“The robberies, we are concerned about that, and of course we are trying to stay on top of that and address those,” stated Deputy Chief Shaddix. “That’s not just here in Florence that is in the entire Shoals area, the four that we have had.”

According to Shaddix, although they can’t prevent all of these crimes from happening, they are taking the steps to get them solved.

On Monday, investigators turned to social media to find the person they believe is responsible for tampering with ATM machines in the Shoals.

“Just last night we identified the person through social media. We posted on Facebook, and within seven minutes we had the offender identified,” explained Shaddix.

And by turning to social media for help, law enforcement hopes they can help curb some of the activities that are going on.

Two of the recent armed robberies have happened in the city of Muscle Shoals, two others in Florence.

Arrest warrants have only been issued in one of the cases; that being the armed robbery of Days Inn in Muscle Shoals.