'Family Dollar' stores and robberies

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -Just this week, yet again someone held-up a 'Family Dollar' store. KSLA News 12 wanted to know why robbers target these particular stores.

Shreveport Police tell KSLA News 12 within the past 6 months---robberies have occurred at 4 different 'Family Dollar' locations. We also know of another one that happened in Bossier at the end of June.

When the robberies occur police said attention to detail is what can save your life.

"My concern, at first, was to just get him out of the store I didn't have time to be scared really whenever that happens," said Jarrod Blake, clerk.

On Wednesday--a gunman entered the 'Family Dollar' store in the 2000 block of Centenary and demanded cash.

The clerk quickly handed it over and this isn't the first time robbers have targeted the 'Family Dollar' chain.

Police said the reason some of these robberies happen, "[there is] quick and easy money and I guess some of them don't think they have surveillance, but they do," said Richard Turpen, Shreveport Police Department.

As for it scaring some customers away, "There's robberies all the time. You cant hide in your house. You have to be able to come out and take care of your business and take care of life. You cant just stay in the house and hide," said Kady Boutwell, customer.

Within the past few weeks robbers have targeted 2 different 'Family Dollar' stores and another resident said the neighborhood just isn't safe.

"[If there is something I need I go over there and get it you know, but as far as 'Family Dollar. I dont shop there...its not a place safety-wise."

Police said one thing that will help your store out big time in case of a robbery is surveillance cameras.

"The video is more important. It's very important rather to have surveillance and videos in the store because people will call Crime-Stoppers and tell us and give up information."

Police urge you to call Crime-Stoppers at 673-7373 if you have any information. The suspect's picture is to the right of the body of this story.

Also here are some links to surveillance camera information:

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