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Residents React to Recent Armed Robberies

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In the last six days, Bismarck police have responded to two armed robberies.

One at a bank and the other at a pharmacy.

Armed robbery is already a somewhat rare offense, and two in just one week has some residents concerned.

Macy Egeland has this story.

These recent robberies have people talking.

"I wouldn't have ever thought armed robbery would happen in Bismarck."

But it has, twice, in just 6 days.

"People will do anything anymore for money. They'll even resort to crime."

Lt. Steve Scheuer with the Bismarck Police Department says the increase in population may have something to do with recent crime rates, and many residents agree.

"With the oil business going on out North West and people are moving in, all kinds are moving in."

"Communities are growing. Unfortunately good comes, followed by bad."

Lt. Scheuer says since 2009, Bismarck has averaged about 16 robberies a year, and that it isn't uncommon for burglars to go for drugs rather than money.

"I have no doubt this suspect knew what he was looking for," Lt. Scheuer said.

"If they get desperate enough, they'll do anything."

"You'd think Bismarck of all places you'd be safe but jeez if pharmacies are getting hit up then that's nerve-racking for sure."

But Lt. Scheuer says there are ways the community can protect themselves.

"I would say the best thing that people can do just in general when they're going about their business is always be aware of their surroundings.. always know who they're around, what kind of situation they're in, circumstances and the best thing to do is just be a good witness," Lt. Scheuer said.

Take note of the suspects physical features and call police if you ever see anything you think is suspicious.

Macy Egeland, KX news.

Lt. Scheuer says it's too early to say if armed robberies will be up this year compared to the last few.

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