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Councilor curious about recent robberies

Collin Smith

Craig City Councilor Joe Herod wants to know more about two armed robberies that happened during the last few weeks in Craig.

At about midnight Aug. 28, a suspect thought to be male and wearing a mask and hooded sweatshirt robbed the Loaf ‘N Jug at 2441 W. Victory Way. The suspect threatened the night clerk at gunpoint and left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Price Mine Service, at 1665 E. U.S. Highway 40, also was robbed recently, but by knifepoint. No other information was available before press time.

Herod said he was worried about the community, and wanted to know why there wasn’t more information available to the public.

“We’ve never had this problem,” he said, adding he was alarmed that two robberies could happen and seem to fly under the radar.

“It should be front-page news,” he said. “The community does need to be aware this is happening.”

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Leonard, who has spent 24 years with the Police Department, said armed robbery used to be unheard of.

“Up to five or six years ago, it was very rare,” he said. “We just didn’t have armed robberies. Then, we started seeing them. We are working with those businesses that are open 24 hours to prepare them for what they need to do in the event of a robbery.”

Leonard added that both recent robberies are priority investigations for the Police Department.

Anyone with information that leads to the apprehension and prosecution of those involved in the crimes is to call CrimeStoppers at 824-3535. Callers may remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward.

Collin Smith can be reached at 875-1794 or cesmith@craigdailypress.com