Police warn residents to be alert after spike in robberies

POSTED: Monday, March 19, 2012 - 2:14pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 11:43pm

WACO -- A recent spike in robberies have Central Texas police cautioning everyone to be on high alert.

There have been at least five robberies in a little over a week in Waco.

And all of them have occurred in parking lots near businesses, restaurants and clubs.

So far only one arrest has been made.

Police say when leaving a bar, restaurant or any establishment to travel in groups, be aware of your surroundings and be a good witness.

"Look a little bit beyond the clothing description to things that people can't change. Birthmarks, missing teeth, speech impediments, particular hair styles, tattoos, marks, scars. Things that somebody can't just immediately change," said Sgt. Patrick Swanton.

Waco police say many times robbery suspects will wear layers of clothing and shed one of those layers to avoid being spotted after fleeing the scene.

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