Two men robbed in Richmond's Museum District

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Frightening moments for two men who were robbed, one at gunpoint, just minutes apart in Richmond's Museum District.

The first case was in the 3400 block of Grove Avenue. The second on nearby North Nansemond Street.

It's a crime residents say they don't often hear about. That part of the Museum District is described as being quiet and peaceful. Residents think the tight economy has a lot to do with the robberies.

"People feel very comfortable in this neighborhood and usually there isn't problems," said longtime Museum District resident Chris Bopst.

That changed the morning of July 4th. Well before any Independence Day celebrations began, two men found themselves in harms way. At 5:15 that morning, as many slept, police say a man was robbed in the 3400 block of Grove Avenue. Not far from Melissa McCulloch's front door.

"It's a little nerve racking especially with the two munchkins here I guess we'll just keep our eyes open," said McCulloch.

Five minutes after the robbery on Grove another man was robbed at gunpoint on nearby North Nansemond Street. Chris Bopst also lives close to both crime scenes. He's called the Museum District home for nearly 20 years.

"No matter where you live there's going to be crime around exacerbated by the economic situation," said Bopst.

Chris believes the robberies were crimes of convenience, motivated by the economy.

"How much money can you really get from somebody walking down the street chump change so that speaks to the desperation of the criminal," said Bopst.

His advice to his neighbors or anyone else for that matter.

"Walk with a purpose with a meaningful stride that alone nine times out of ten will stop people from bothering you," said Bopst.

If you have information that could help Richmond Police, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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