Jacksonville restaurants receive tips against armed robbery

Reporter: Katy Harris

Jacksonville restaurants receive tips to prevent armed robbery.

JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY - The Jacksonville Police Department and Jacksonville Onslow Chamber of Commerce are spreading flyers out to local ethnic restaurants and businesses to prevent a targeted armed robbery.

On Wednesday Jacksonville Police Dept officers met with Bobby Smith, the Miyabe Jr. Japanese Express restaurant about the targeted armed robberies that have been occurring in Eastern North Carolina.

The officers gave Smith a flyer that has tips on how to stay safe and what measures to take to prevent an armed robbery.

Some of the tips include keeping a minimum amount of cash in the register and making sure the back door is always shut and locked.

"I think it's a great thing to have the police come in. We try to honor them. We try to work with them any way we can," said Smith.

He says his Fayetteville restaurants had a robbery and attempted robbery in the past.
Smith isn't about to let that happen again.

"I think they could've had better back door prevention. The door was open and we believe the person that did it may have worked there and knew the place cause they knew the routing and everything of the building," said Smith.

Smith says in general all restaurants and businesses should be proactive in being a potential target.

"I think it's any restaurant if they're not paying attention to what's going on and what their employees are doing late at night when it comes to closing time that it can definitely hurt you," said Smith.

Jacksonville Police Officers are going around to restaurants and businesses with all types of different ethnic or racial affiliations to make sure everyone is being proactive to a racially targeted armed robbery.

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