You may have noticed more Rutland City police officers on Main Street and West Street between 6 and 9 p.m.
"We have a heightened awareness because that is kind of the time frame that we are looking at with these armed robberies, so expect to see an increased presence," Rutland City Police Ofc. David Covell said.
Rutland police say within the last two weeks a series of armed robberies in the Rutland City area have prompted them to take action. On New Year's Day, a Domino's pizza delivery person was robbed at knifepoint. The West Street Mobil Station was robbed three days later. Mac's Convenience store on North Main Street was robbed the next day. Authorities say they are actively investigating.
"We're continuing to investigate each of the robberies at this point and we do not believe that the Domino's pizza delivery person robbery is connected to the other robberies," Covell said.
"I think people are desperate and in need of money," said Colin Fitzsimmons of Rutland.
Fitzsimmons frequents the Mobil station. He says he thinks the economy motivates people to resort to these crimes. But he says he trusts in the Rutland City Police Department and won't be changing his routine.
"No, not at all. I think our police force does a great job," Fitzsimmons said.
Police say they believe the public can help prevent more robberies by just being aware of suspicious behavior and reporting it. Often thieves case the store before actually going in to rob it.
"There was an attempted robbery at a Mac's convenience store and then an actual completed armed robbery at the same Mac's convenience store weeks later," Covell said. "If they observe anybody acting suspiciously outside of any of these convenience stores, or see anything when we do have a robbery to call the Rutland City Police Department right away."
Law enforcement says suspicious behavior includes anyone who appears to be trying to conceal their identity outside one of these stores. If they are spending an unusual amount of time outside the store or pacing back and forth, the Rutland City Police Department asks you to report it.
Monday, March 10 2014 8:12 PM EDT2014-03-11 00:12:57 GMT
Many skiers have a mountain which they consider to be their home base -- their 'go to'. "It's my favorite place to ski. I've been skiing here for 25 years," said Alison Montgomery of Montreal.For MontgomeryMore >>
While some of us are looking forward to spring, diehard skiers aren't willing to give up on winter just yet, especially with the snowy forecast. Nick Borelli takes us to Smuggs.More >>
Monday, March 10 2014 7:48 PM EDT2014-03-10 23:48:11 GMT
With the long cold winter and the price of fuel going up, heating with wood is looking pretty good. But new emission rules on the horizon could mean pricier wood-burning stoves. Hearthstone has beenMore >>
New emission rules on the horizon could mean pricier wood-burning stoves.More >>
Monday, March 10 2014 7:46 PM EDT2014-03-10 23:46:27 GMT
Nate Beatty hasn't even received his degree in the mail yet but he and his partner, Shane Scranton, are already pushing a product they developed while still in school. They say it will transform the worldMore >>
Two recent Middlebury College grads are on a mission to change the way architects view space.More >>
Monday, March 10 2014 7:42 PM EDT2014-03-10 23:42:52 GMT
Governor Peter Shumlin's full single-payer financing plan is due January 1 of next year, but legislators leave Montpelier in May most years -- so some have called for a glimpse at the possible taxes theMore >>
Vermont lawmakers may not get a menu of tax options to pay for single-payer before they leave Montpelier this year.
Monday, March 10 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-03-10 23:38:18 GMT
For nearly four years family and friends of a murdered Northeast Kingdom woman have wondered if the culprits would ever be caught. Monday afternoon two of the three men accused of the crime -- will beMore >>
Will it bring comfort to the Northeast Kingdom? Two men were arraigned Monday for the 2010 murder of Sheffield grandmother and beloved community member Pat O'Hagan.More >>
Monday, March 10 2014 6:38 PM EDT2014-03-10 22:38:58 GMT
When Johanne Durocher Yordan looks at maps, she knows she's moving in the right direction. "I appreciate maps they're beautiful the legends the street name sections," said Johanne. Johanne gets inspiredMore >>
When Johanne Durocher Yordan looks at maps, she knows she's moving in the right direction.More >>
Monday, March 10 2014 4:30 PM EDT2014-03-10 20:30:25 GMT
Vermont Law School in South Royalton is expanding in Southeast Asia.A $700,000 federal grant will fund an extension of programs for the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law. The project aims toMore >>
The project aims to educate Chinese government officials about environmental protection and policy.More >>