Huntsville Police officials promise to step up patrols and work aggressively to stop a “small group of individuals” who have picked dollar stores in Huntsville in which to prey.
The announcement Tuesday follows nine separate dollar store robberies already this year, two of them happening Monday night within 15 minutes of each other.
The department’s robbery task force released commercial robbery crime statistics this year compared to the past few years, and while the numbers are not any higher, they are seeing a trend of dollar stores being targeted. The robberies are occurring at closing time and have happened throughout the city.
Police officials said they are working leads in the cases and have made several arrests in the cases.
“Bear with us, rest assured we have a plan and we are going to address this issue effectively,” Interim Huntsville Police Chief Lewis Morris said.