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By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Usually the only tense moments at the Antique Mall come when customers try to haggle over prices.

But owner Nan Casciaro Tuesday met face to face with her toughest match yet.

"He took the gun and put it up against my head, and he said, 'I'll kill you; open that safe'," said Casciaro.

These terrifying words came after she had already emptied the cash register and was looking for the key to the safe. When she couldn't find it, she ripped the safe from the wall and the man ran out of the store with it.

"Our people are going to find out who this is and eventually apprehend him," said Police Chief Lee Shelbourn.

Shelbourn said he knows the fear level is high after four armed robberies in one day, but he urges everyone to stay calm. The chief said he has his police force focused on getting those responsible off the streets.

"We have information I'm hesitant to say what our definitive leads are," said Shelbourn. "We are looking into every bit of information we get. I'm hesitant to say they are related, But are they? We can't say they are or not yet."

Back at the antique mall, Casciaro can't help but run through the moments that led up to the robbery. When the suspect walked in the store, she says the young man looked suspicious as he kept looking at the door and then back at her.

"I knew then that we were going to get robbed," Casciaro said.

And before she knew it, there was a gun in her face and one of the antique dealers had been ordered to the ground.

"He had Jonathon laying in the floor here, then he had him turn over and put his face in the concrete and his hands behind his head," she said.

But Casciaro kept her wits about her and made it out safe, which is something she urges other merchants to keep in mind if ever in the same situation she found herself in Tuesday.

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  • by Grateful2 Location: Meridian on Nov 18, 2010 at 01:48 PM
    Sounds like it may be gang related...just speculating! So thankful no one was hurt. Hope the thug is caught.
  • by Stephanie Location: Meridian on Nov 18, 2010 at 11:00 AM
    It is a shame that people run a business or enjoy a nice dinner, because they will be in fear of getting rob. Many of these citizens work hard for their money and it is not right for someone to just think they can come and take from them. The police in this city needs to get strict, or maybe have a curfew. It would be sad if it has to come to this.
  • by RedLine Citizen Location: Meridian on Nov 18, 2010 at 07:47 AM
    Oh Boy!!!! The crime rate has sure gone down with this administration. The more policemen we add the more crime is going up.
  • by Grateful Location: Meridian on Nov 18, 2010 at 03:53 AM
    I am so grateful that Jonathan and Nan were unharmed physically by this thug. I hope he will be apprehended before he has an opportunity to hurt or kill someone.
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