MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – Memphis police are investigating after a group of suspects robbed a shopper at the Union Avenue Kroger of more than $1,000 at gunpoint.
“I know robberies happen, I know people get things stolen, cars get stolen here,” said one anonymous shopper.
Memphis police said that around 11 a.m. Thursday, a shopper just bought two money orders totaling $1,300.
When he tried to get back to his car, a gray car with five people inside blocked him.
The victim’s mother, who contacted Action News 5, says the suspects demanded money at gunpoint, then re-entered the store and cashed them.
Shoppers Action News 5 told The Conversation that a quick grocery run doesn’t have to put your safety at risk.
“You don’t have to worry about the gun hitting your head. I mean, it’s happening more and more every day, so it’s scary,” Garrett Hamilton said.
“I think going to the grocery store should be an everyday thing that you don’t have to think twice about,” added one anonymous shopper.
According to Memphis Police Department Crime Statistics Map, This was the only incident of robbery in this place in the last three months.
However, officers responded to more than a handful of simple assaults.
“I mean, you just have to look around, it doesn’t matter where you are,” said Amber McFadden, a Kroger shopper.
Although the crime was caught on camera, police have not released the footage publicly.
Police are still urging shoppers to be vigilant.
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.
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