Armed robbers target area Food Lion stores

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Twice this week, shoppers have been treated to a rude awakening at their neighborhood Food Lion. The latest incident happened Wednesday morning at the store on Forest Hill Avenue.

The place opens at 7:00 a.m., and according to Richmond Police, the workday was just twenty minutes old when two men with guns walked in. They weren't there for the specials on ribeye steak or red grapes.

Police say the two were there to rob the place in broad daylight.

Crystal Woolridge shops here all the time.

"It's not a good thing at all, because a lot of people come here and we just want to feel comfortable wherever we shop," Woolridge said.

Whatever happened next inside the store remains unclear. Police won't offer specifics, and the Food Lion managers won't talk at all. What we do know, is that something persuaded the would-be robbers to leave without hurting anybody.

It was the second reported robbery attempt of its kind this week. Police say, on Monday, somebody with a gun tried to rob the Food Lion on Hull Street. In that attempted robbery, a man went in at 7:00 a.m., but again walked away with nothing.

It makes shoppers like Arlean Howie think twice about safety.

"Well, it makes you afraid, because you really don't know what to do!" Howie said.

Back at Forest Hill, the robbery try reminded some about this crime scene from last December. Two men walked into what used to be a McDonald's next door to the Food Lion. At 6:00 a.m., the men showed a gun and got money before getting away.

Scary moments, at three popular everyday destinations.

"I'll still come back. But just have to watch your surroundings any where you go," Woolridge said.

Police are investigating the possibility that the Food Lion robbery attempts are related. If you know anything more, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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