Police are investigating two robberies within a week at the Village Shopping Center in the West End.
The shopping center is usually a quiet and safe place to shop and business owners are shocked this has happened.
“I’m said, you know, the idea of being robbed in a shopping center. No place is safe anymore,” said David Luebke, who has owner David’s Comics for 32 years.
Police say the two robberies are not related.
In the most recent robbery on January 21st, police say this suspect asked a young victim for cash in the parking lot. When the victim said no, the suspect demanded he get cash back from a store, followed him and then stole it. Police caught the incident on surveillance are looking for the suspect.
Just a few days before that, a woman had her purse stolen by someone who claimed he had a gun.
Josh Bufford and his wife own two restaurants at Village and say they’re not worried about the crimes, but they do take precautions.
“The biggest thing we try and do is not make ourselves easy targets. We lock our doors after hours in the back of the building. we encourage our employees to walk out in pairs,” Bufford said.
Since the shopping center is on the border of Richmond and Henrico County, both police departments look after it. Business owners say customers should not be worried.
“With the exception of a few petty thefts here and there it’s always been really safe and well lit. So this seems to be a little bit of a surprise,” Bufford said.
Detectives are asking anyone with any knowledge of these crimes to come forward. You can call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.