Robberies hinder Rossville revival

photo A sign notifies customers to wait to be buzzed in through the electronically locked door of the Cricket store in Rossville. Managers installed the door after being repeatedly robbed within the past six months.

A youth waving a revolver burst into the Cricket Wireless store just north of downtown Rossville in early July, and he and his partner got away with $489 in cash.

The hold-up was the shop's third in six months by what police believe were gang members who kept coming back to tap the cellular store for cash.

Fed up, store managers acted. They bolted doors during business hours, so customers now have to be buzzed in. Cricket added cameras to its surveillance system and erected pointy metal fencing to guard the store from the alley, an easy place for robbers to hide.