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Officers offer business owners recommendations on addressing robberies



LEESBURG — when you allow a ladder outside your closed business it ought to be no surprise that a outlaw would use it to interrupt in.

That is what happened at Palm Plaza in Leesburg a few years agoper Leesburg police Sgt. Kim Stewart.

“You do not have any management of the unhealthy guy’s ability to commit a criminal offense, but you will be ready tomanagement their probability,” same Stewart to type of business owners gathered on weekday night.

In the thick of a rash of armed robberies, Leesburg police command a bar and awareness employment seminar at the Leesburg community building on weekday. The agency has had eighteen armed robberies since March.

Stewart and totally different officers gave type of tips that penned staying calm at intervals the face of armed robbers, having some type of instrument at the door, quality investigation systems and good lighting at vital spots at intervalsthe business.

She jointly tutored taking mental notes of the robbers to include identifying marks, not merely their vesture.

“They can modification clothes as presently as they leave,” Stewart same.

The seminar even penned a surprise exercise where a political candidate in plain vesture took a sculpture whereasspeakers were talking. Business owners were then asked if they will describe “the suspect.”

Stewart jointly same owners and employees have to be compelled to keep conscious of their surroundings and customers. employees jointly have to be compelled to be suspicious if a consumer is dressed heat in such attire as a hoodie in weather.


“That have to be compelled to get the hair informed the rear of your neck,” Stewart same.

Stewart jointly tutored having a planned escape route simply just in case of robberies.

Recent robberies in Leesburg embody one at a Burger King where employees were forced into a deep-freeze.

The Leesburg department of local government started a Lake County-wide larceny and Gun Crime Task Force manymonth ago oncethe rash of unresolved armed robberies. Officers believe that plenty of of the robberies were distributed an analogousmethod or shared a similar robbers.

They believe many will be at the hands of one cluster.

The gist of the task force effort might be a computer database that agencies throughout Lake County can regulator to share details relating to armed robberies.

On weekday, they contend type of investigation footage from variety of the recent robberies across the county sort of a Denny’s in Eustis and a McDonald’s in Mount Dora.


“We ought to visualize their eyes,” same detective Nick Romanelli, showing the house some sandy investigation clips.

Representatives from Star Security of Leesburg were jointly at the seminar to talk relating to the thanks to noted of upper investigation instrumentality.

Joyce Huey, owner of two previous Hags Wine Shoppe in Leesburg, same she learned heaps at the seminar that enclosedthe thanks to get the next description of the robbers.

“It was very helpful,” same Huey, one all told the business owners UN agency took a guess at the statue-nabbing officer’s description.

A similar get on between business owners and social control occurred weekday night at the Remax Center International in Eustis and penned Lake County peace officer Peyton Grinnell and social control officers from police departments in Mount Dora and Eustis more as Leesburg.

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