Many times when we hear about a robbery the focus is on the suspect and what they stole. The owner of Tobacco Hut says a big part of the crime is being overlooked, the victim and how they're affected.
A terrifying situation for a Tobacco Hut employee, a man walked into the store pointing a gun and demanded money. Within the past two months a similar situation has happened five times at several different Tobacco Hut locations.
Alex Greuniesen works at the 49th and Center location. He says it's a worry that's always on the back of his mind. "I think about it all the time. The last thing I want is to be robbed." He always tries to stay observant, but even then things still happen.
The owner, John Greuniesen, has put in several security measures to try and catch the robbers. He's put in surveillance cameras throughout the store. He has access to those cameras on his phone and says it has worked, some suspects have been caught.
He says what he's really worried about though is his employees who are dealing with the emotional toll. "It's fear. It's lack of sleep, night terror, and sweats."
He believes the victims of these robberies are often overlooked. "If somebody robs you and they get caught, they are put in jail for the crime, but I'm wondering if they should have to pay for these medical bills after the fact."
He says employees stick together when something like this happens, but seeing a professional could have even more benefits.
He says it would also be good if his employees could carry a weapon with them in the store just in case. Right now insurance companies won't let them.
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