Nearby business owners react to Thursday’s armed robbery at Cash Express

The blue flashing lights and yellow crime scene tape surrounded the front entrance of the Lovelaceville Road Cash Express for hours Thursday. Nearby business owner Nancy Smithson knew it meant bad news.

"It's something that is a big concern," Smithson said.

Her Lone Oak Trophy and Signs store is less than 200 feet from where detectives say a man robbed the Cash Express at gunpoint. Two employees were bound during the robbery. Detective Matt Carter said they were lucky they weren't hurt.

"He was in the store for several minutes and, unfortunately, they were unable to place that call until the suspect had fled the scene," Carter said.

Smithson said she's seen some loitering around her store before, but never noticed any extremely odd behavior. Her thoughts go out to the two employees and the suspect.
"Something like that is sad. Sometimes it makes you feel angry. Then again, you feel sorry for that person. You never know what is involved in their background and their needs," Smithson said.

The Cash Express was closed for the rest of the day. Detectives are still looking for the suspect.

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