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Repeated robberies at Eastside Grocery Store scares customers

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CORDELE, GA (WALB) -

Just before midnight on May the 7th police say a group of gunmen entered the Eastside Grocery Store.

Witnesses told police several shots were fired, but they only found fragments from one bullet.

There's still a bullet hole in the wall. The store owner was out of town when it happened.  He says it's starting to become a routine.

"Every six months, that's our routine, it must happen," says Owner Sarferaz Khan.

This time the thieves got away with six thousand dollars.

"Pops" the owner, says he's lost half of his business, and many customers only come in during the day.

He says after last week's robbery two of his employees quit and his other workers refuse to work the night shift.

"My business has cut down almost 50 percent. People they never come back just like they used to come and females especially because they afraid something will happen," says Khan.

In the meantime police say they don't have any leads, but ask witnesses to come forward.

"We don't have strong descriptions on the gun types or anything like that so any information that we can get from the public would be most helpful," says Sgt. Jeremy Taylor, with the Cordele Police Dept.

They also advise store owners not to keep large amounts of cash on hand.  They offer escorts for bank drop offs.

"We will do bank escorts, we will do employee escorts, all they have to do is call 911 and say they want an escort from the store to the bank and we will come provide that service. It doesn't cost them anything," says Taylor.

There were just two customers inside at the time and no one was hurt.

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