ANNA — Residents of Anna were taking extra precautions as police investigated a third robbery in less than two weeks, but those worries may be over.
Anna Police Department reported late Tuesday that an arrest had been made in connection to the robberies. No other information was available, but police said the suspect is believed to be associated with all three crimes.
A male subject on Monday entered Capaha Bank at 358 S. Main St., demanded money, and left with an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, gloves and a mask and sunglasses covering his face.
Josh Joiner, market manager at Capaha Bank’s Anna branch, said the robbery occurred at about 1:45 p.m. Monday.
“Everybody’s safe, and it is business as usual,” Joiner said Tuesday afternoon.
A suspect entered the Farm Fresh Store at 155 W. Vienna St. at 9:20 p.m. Nov. 17, displayed a hand-written note demanding money from the cash register, then left after receiving the money.
Then, on Nov. 21, a suspect forced his way into the back door of Hardee’s Restaurant at 140 E. Vienna St. at 4:45 a.m. and demanded money from cash registers.
Hardee’s manager Adam Crow said the suspect was crouching outside the restaurant before the store opened. When an employee went outside through a back door, he pushed his way into the restaurant and through to cash registers on the front counter.
“We are taking extra precautions,” Crow said Tuesday.
In all three incidents, the suspect’s face was covered and a weapon was not displayed. Weapons were implied in two of the robberies. Physical descriptions of the suspect in the first two robberies also were similar. The suspects in those cases were described as 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighing between 180 and 210 pounds.
Rick and Beverly Tweedy, owners of Blue Fish Liquors, also on Vienna Street, said they are also taking extra precautions at their store. Security cameras are already in place, and they looking into purchasing “panic button” devices to connect employees to police. Employees said the Anna McDonald’s recently started using similar devices.
“With a robber in town, everyone is taking extra precautions,” Joiner said.