EBR Sheriff sees holiday robbery spike, looking for two suspects

EBR Sheriff sees holiday robbery spike, looking for two suspects

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Wearing all black and carrying a shotgun, the EBR sheriff is looking for a man who they say robbed a Baton Rouge business Monday night. He's in his 20's or early 30's and 6 feet tall.

Investigators say around 9:30 p.m. he drove off in a white SUV after stealing cash from the Family Dollar store on Old Hammond Highway near south Flannery.

"He took the two employees. He demanded that they open the safe," said EBRSO spokeswoman Casey Hicks.

A similar robbery happened just five days earlier at the CC's Coffee on Jefferson Highway. The sheriff says a different man walked in also heavily armed, carrying an assault rifle. Like the Family Dollar robbery, the Thanksgiving Eve robbery happened late at night, just before closing.

"As it's getting dark, stores are closing, we do some more criminal activities," said Hicks.

The robbery prompted CC's to start closing the Jefferson Highway store an hour earlier, from 10:00 p.m. to 9 p.m.

"It's just the right thing to do.  The hours change is just one of possibly a few things that we may do to further improve the safety and security for our employees and our guests," said CC's President and CEO Celton Hayden, Jr. The sheriff is also stressing safety for shoppers.

"During the holidays, we do often see an increase in crimes," said Hicks. "People, apparently get desperate. That's one of the reasons that we're asking the public to please be wary of your surroundings, your environment."

Investigators say more deputies than usual will be on patrol through the end of the year.

If you have any information about either of the robberies, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP.

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