Break-Ins During Holiday Season

By: Erich Spivey
By: Erich Spivey

November 28, 2005
The holiday season is in full swing, and some people are on the lookout for grinches. News 12 has a look at how often armed robberies happen where you live.

There have been some high profile armed robberies recently. But how do they compare to incidents in the past and what lies ahead?

Early in the morning, someone robbed a CVS store on Walton Way. Police say a man entered the drug store, pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money. Just last week, police finally brought an end to a recent rash of robberies. Police say 18-year-old Michael Yarbray robbed four stores, including this Subway.

“Once we get to November close to Christmas, sometimes you will see a little spike in armed robberies,” said Lt. James Young, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

But Richmond County Sheriff’s Lt. James Young says that in recent years, armed robberies are way down compared to dozens a decade ago.

“Back in my earlier days, it was kinda a given once you started getting closer to Thanksgiving you get ready for robbery stakeouts, you knew it was coming,” Young said.

In November 2002, there were 21 armed robberies in Richmond County, 17 one year later. The stat went down in 2004 and so far this November, there have been 17. In Columbia County there’s been just one armed robbery in the past three Novembers.

The main message from law enforcement is to always be aware and be on the lookout for where the intruder might be hiding.

News 12 tried to get armed robbery stats from Aiken County. The person who will provide those numbers was out of the office.

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