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Rutland police increase patrols after armed robberies

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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.

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