More robberies reported during holiday season

More robberies reported during holiday season

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In Knoxville, there were four separate businesses that were targeted, including two sandwich shops, a pizza restaurant and a bank. In Knoxville, there were four separate businesses that were targeted, including two sandwich shops, a pizza restaurant and a bank.
"It makes me mad," said Bill Brooks of Nixon's Deli. "That's what you're looking at here - pure anger." "It makes me mad," said Bill Brooks of Nixon's Deli. "That's what you're looking at here - pure anger."
"Have people look out for suspicious activity," Holliday said. "One of the robbers we've had, some of the neighboring businesses saw some suspicious activity and were able to come to the officers on scene." "Have people look out for suspicious activity," Holliday said. "One of the robbers we've had, some of the neighboring businesses saw some suspicious activity and were able to come to the officers on scene."

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The holidays can sometimes lead to an increase in crime, and 2012 was no exception.

Four separate businesses that were targeted in Knoxville, including two sandwich shops, a pizza restaurant and a bank.

One of those businesses was Nixon's Deli on Merchants Drive.

The suspect entered the store wielding a screwdriver and demanding money. After getting an unknown amount he fled on foot.

"It makes me mad," said Bill Brooks, of Nixon's Deli. "That's what you're looking at here, pure anger."

On the same day of the Nixon's robbery, a Lenny's Sub Shop in West Knoxville was robbed. The day before that, a Pizza Hut was hit.
    
Knoxville police say businesses are a target this time of year because many have a lot of cash on hand.
   
"Businesses hold a lot of cash," said KPD Deputy Chief Gary Holliday. "They hold a lot of money during the holiday season, because they have a lot of money coming in."

Holliday said he isn't sure if the recent robberies are connected. No arrests have been made yet. Evidence is still being analyzed, including security footage.

Either way, Holliday says businesses and their neighbors need to be on the look out.

"Have people look out for suspicious activity," Holliday said. "One of the robbers we've had, some of the neighboring businesses saw some suspicious activity and were able to come to the officers on scene."
     
But for the owners of Nixon's Deli, enough is enough. Just three weeks ago, the same store was robbed at gunpoint.

"We always know that prior to Thanksgiving, up through mid-January, the odds are high. Then, honestly, you can talk with your employees, you can tell them, but unless something happens, it doesn't sink in," Brooks said.      

A season of joy which, for some business owners, is turning into a season of high anxiety.

Police say the number of business and residential burglaries are about average for this time of year. They say once the Christmas season is over, the number tends to drop because businesses deposit money more frequently and don't have as much cash on hand.

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