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Police See an Uptick in Crime in Wicomico County


SALISBURY, Md.-  Crime seems to be on the rise in Wicomico County recently.

Both the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office and the Salisbury Police Department are busy investigating a string of robberies.

Two of the robberies happened at Shore Stop convenience stores in Pittsville and Hebron this week.

Sargeant David Owens said that the one in Hebron happened early Friday morning where a man entered the store wearing dark clothes, a mask and holding a gun.

Owens said that a suspect at the robbery in Pittsville was carrying a knife. 

Salisbury police were also busy investigating two ATM armed robberies.

Capt. Scott Kolb of the Salisbury Police Department said that in both of the robberies, the suspects walk up to the victim leaving the ATM then display a gun and demand money.

"What we are asking is that prior to using an ATM is that upon arrival at the parking lot drive around the business one time and look for something suspicious," Kolb said.

Owens said that October is typically when law enforcement start to see an increase in such crimes.

"Often times people see those things and don't want to burden the police saying, 'oh I don't know if what I am seeing is what I think I am seeing," Owens explained, "this is a great time of the year when you see people around markets. Robberies seem to rise as the holidays start to approach and so it is a matter of watching your surroundings, watch for people that might be lurking or easing up on us as we are doing things."

Owens also had a message for area banks where he said most people seem to think they are immune to becoming the victim of a crime.

"The banks need to take a good look at the surroundings around their ATMs as well," he said, "if there is some over growing issue then they need to take a look at that too."

Kolb said the department is not yet sure if there is a connection between the two ATM robberies but that they are looking at surveillance pictures as part of their investigation.


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