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Supermarket Bank Robber Strikes Again

Posted May 1, 1998 7:00 a.m. EDT

— Supermarkets put banks inside stores to make shopping easier for the customers. However, a string of robberies has some shoppers worried.

Thursday, the NBC bank in a Kroger on Six Forks road marked the sixth robbery in the Triangle, and police believe that the hold ups are connected.

Investigators said that grocery stores provide a good environment for this type of crime because there are a lot of people inside, and it is very easy for the robber to blend in.

Most shoppers said that the robberies are alarming, but other than keeping a close eye on their children there is not much more they can do.

"I feel pretty safe, I could just as easily be in a bank and have the same thing happen," shopper Tammy Moldovan said. "I would feel less safe in a gas station than a grocery store."

Detective said that the suspect is using the large crowds in the stores as an advantage.

"Basically he has found his niche, if you will," Cary Police Lt. Mark Parker said. "It is quite possible that he will continue until he is caught."

The Raleigh police department has one of the best records in the country for solving bank robberies, and they really want to catch this criminal.

Police urge anyone with information to contact the department.