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Armed robberies strike fear into Southern Hills business owners

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Surveillance video image of armed robbery at the Rack N Run pool hall on Mansfield Road Surveillance video image of armed robbery at the Rack N Run pool hall on Mansfield Road
"You don't want anything to happen to your employees," says Cindy Horn, owner of the Rack N Run. "You don't want anything to happen to your employees," says Cindy Horn, owner of the Rack N Run.

Shreveport business owners in the Southern Hills neighborhood are worried that their stores will be hit next after reports of robbers with shotguns breaking into local businesses.

"You don't want anything to happen to your employees," says Cindy Horn, owner of the Rack N Run.

But last night at Horn's pool hall in the 9400 block of Mansfield Road, something did happen. Something terrifying. Two men barged in the front door to rob the place.

"They are armed. They are a threat," Horn says.

Horn has surveillance video that shows the armed robbers pointing guns at her employees and demanding money from the register.

"It was heart sickening to watch them. They're here to make an honest living. They're here to do their jobs. No human being should be put through that kind of agony," she says.

Jeff Roblo, who owns a pest control business in Southern Hills, says, "As a business owner, I'm scared to death."

He says he's scared even though he works mostly out of his truck.

"They're getting so bold."

What he's heard about the rash of armed robberies has him worried.

"I can't leave the money in the truck because I'm afraid of my truck getting broken into, and now it seems like I can't carry money in the restaurant because I'm going to get robbed there, too."

Shreveport Police have noticed an increase in armed robberies this year compared with last year, which is why they've organized a response to address the areas of town that appear to be targeted.

"We'll go around and we'll make contact with those business owners and we'll just stop by, you may see a patrol officer come in and make contact with them to show that we are concerned and we want to do something about it," says Shreveport Police Cpl. Marcus Hines.

Any business owner or manager that would like officers to come out and put on a free armed robbery prevention seminar for employees can call the Shreveport Police Department's Community Oriented Policing Bureau at 318-673-6950. 

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