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Dozens Of Convenience Store Armed Robberies Go Unsolved

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Since August 1, 2012 Anderson County has had 14 unsolved convenience store robberies, including 2 robberies in the past week in Townville.

Deputies say the same man targeted two Townville gas stations holding the clerk at gun point before getting away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Every time the door at the Townville Sunoco store opens Michelle Owens worries who will walk in.

Just one week ago Deputies say this man walked into the store and walked up to the counter pretending to buy a soda. Instead deputies tell us he held one of Owens co-workers at gun point, while demanding money.

"The guy that was here he was pretty shaken up," Owens said.

Less than a week later Deputies say the same armed robber entered a Townville Shell station and again held a clerk at gunpoint, before getting away with cash. The robber and his car were both caught on surveillance camera.

But Anderson County Sheriff's Office Captain Garland Major tells us in many cases surveillance video is not clear enough to help catch the robber. He says most stores are still using VHS recording systems.

"Those are really hard to identify the more you record over stuff the more snow your going to get," Major said.  

Major says it's a big reason why every year Anderson County has more than a dozen unsolved convenience store robberies.

Major urges all businesses to upgrade its security systems to a digital system. He tells us it's the best way to get dangerous crooks off your streets..

"The more we can identify it will help us solve and clear more cases," Major said.

 

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