ANNA — Businesses and residents in Anna are taking extra precautions after two robberies in less than a week.
Farm Fresh, 155 W. Vienna St., was robbed shortly before closing on Nov. 17. Then, on Monday, Hardee’s restaurant at 140 E. Vienna St. was robbed just before opening.
At about 4:45 a.m. Monday, an employee from Hardee's reported an unknown male subject forced his way into the store and demanded money from cash registers. A weapon was not displayed.
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.
At first, the employee thought the suspect was a customer of Hardee’s who comes in every morning. The suspect pushed his way past the store safe to cash registers on the counter.
“I don’t know why someone would risk prison for so little money,” Crow said.
The suspect was described as a white male, about 5 feet 10 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing between 180 and 210 pounds. The suspect's face was covered.
This robbery report is similar to one reported at the Farm Fresh store last week.
A store clerk reported an unknown male subject entered the Farm Fresh store at about 9:20 p.m. Nov. 17 and displayed a hand-written note demanding money from the cash register, then left the store after receiving money. A weapon was inferred, but was not displayed.
The suspect in that robbery was described as a white male, approximately 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighing between 185 and 210 pounds. The suspect’s face was covered.
Rick and Beverly Tweedy, owners of Blue Fish Liquors, also on Vienna Street, said they are taking extra precautions at their store. Security cameras are already in place, and they looking into purchasing lanyards with “panic buttons” to page police. Employees said the McDonald’s in Anna recently started using the devices.
“We keep an eye on things,” Rick Tweedy said.
Karee Sweitzer, president of PAWS, said the organization’s resale shop also is taking extra precautions. The store also has surveillance cameras and is well-lit. They have a dog on the premises.
Anna Police are asking the public to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Anna Police Department at 618-833-8571, ext. 1503.