Millington Grocery Store Robbery Has Residents On Edge
(Memphis) Dena Hamilton is hesitant to answer her door after being robbed at the Kroger in Millington last Saturday.
“It happened so fast. She was at my car, reached in and grabbed my phone. I had my phone in my hand. I was texting my husband telling him I was on my way home and she just grabbed it real quick,” says Hamilton.
When Hamilton got out of her car and snatched her phone back from the female robber, the woman then jumped into Hamilton’s car and grabbed her purse, with money, credit cards and ID.
“I reached in to stop her. I didn’t want her to take my purse. She started hitting me with this bat, this little club,” says Hamilton.
Hamilton was not seriously hurt, but she’s worried.
“She has my address. She has all my information. That’s what’s scary,” she says.
Millington Police say the crooks used Hamilton’s credit card at a Mapco in Millington.
Surveillance cameras got a shot of the getaway car. They expect to make an arrest soon.
“We are doing frequent patrols in all shopping centers including the Kroger parking lot,” says Millington Police Chief Rita Stanback.
Rumors are flying.
Facebook lit up with comments about robbers going to Millington homes, knocking on doors asking to use the phone and then robbing the homeowers.
Police say it’s not true.
“I think there is a lot of concern and there should be. Anytime something like this goes on everybody should be concerned and sometimes the story does get twisted,” says Stanback.
It’s all putting a lot of people on edge.
“You don’t know what’s going on anywhere anymore,” says Millington resident Louis Schwartz.
“We are older and feel free to come here (Kroger) anytime of the day and now we have to stop and think about it,” says Frances Schwartz of Millington.
You don’t have to convince Dena Hamilton.
She is now looking over her shoulder wherever she goes
“I am scared. Scared when I pump gas, scared when I do anything.” says Hamilton.
Millington Police say another woman was threatened in the same Kroger parking lot the same day that Dena Hamilton was robbed.
They say many times, residents in smaller towns let their guard down and think crime doesn’t happen where they live, but this should convince them otherwise.