FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WALA) – In just the last two months, two different business managers on the Eastern Shore have been robbed at gunpoint at the close of business, according to store owners and police.
Market by the Bay in Fairhope was robbed May 17, and Mellow Mushroom in Daphne was robbed June 1.
Robin LeJeune has owned Market by the Bay in Fairhope, for some seven years.
He said he’s never been worried about his safety, until last month, when two men with bandanas over their faces robbed him and his staff at gunpoint.
“There was a real tall one, and a real short one, and the shorter one came up to me,” explained LeJeune, “both had handguns, semi-automatics, the shorter one pointed one at me, and said ‘give me all your money.'”
LeJeune said after the masked men threatened to kill him, they made off with the night’s deposit, and the money from the tip jar.
Just last weekend, another similar situation happened the next town over in Daphne.
Saturday night, June 1, close to midnight, Daphne Police said a masked man robbed the manager of the Mellow Mushroom while he was leaving for the night.
In surveillance video released by Daphne Police, you can see the man holding a gun in his hand as he walks to bombard the manager in the parking lot.
Daphne Police said crimes like these are unusual for the Eastern Shore, but that doesn’t mean they won’t happen.
“We don’t experience a lot of armed robberies that often, fortunately, we only have a few every year,” said Sgt. Brian Gulsby, with Daphne Police.
All of the suspects responsible for the crimes are still on the loose. If you know anything about them, do the right thing and call police immediately.