Meridian Businesses Targeted in Robberies

Just after 9 a.m., a black male suspect wearing a red hoodie and armed with a gun held up the AAA Trophy Shop on 5th Street.

Police spent most of the morning trying to track him down in the area near the crime scene, but were not able to find him.

"He wanted to see about a trophy for his daughter," said owner, Butch Wright. "And he told me he had to step back outside and check with his mom to see how much money he could spend. And when he come back in, it wasn't too much longer till I was staring down the barrel of the gun."

Wright said the man got all the money he had in the register, several hundred dollars.

The second robbery happened Tuesday afternoon at a store in the North Hills area.

Police say Hodge Podge by Linda was held up at about 2:45 p.m. by a black male, also wearing a red hoodie, with black and white checked shorts.

The third holdup happened about 4:30 p.m. at the Antique Mall on Roebuck Drive.

Police say a clean-cut black male, this time wearing a black hoodie, and also wearing checked shorts, held up that store and then ran away from the building on foot.

Shortly before 6 p.m., a person was robbed by two young black males wearing hoodies in the parking lot of the Hungry Heifer on 14th Street.

Despite the similarities in the robberies, police aren't saying that they are connected.

"Obviously our detective division is looking into the possibility it is the same person," said Meridian police spokesman, Officer Mike Vick. "There are always similarities in an armed robbery."

Vick noted that there were variations in the clothing descriptions.

If you have any information on these crimes or others, you may report to to Crimestoppers at 601-485-1860.

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