Police agencies in the Twin Tiers are noticing an increase in armed robberies. Two happened Tuesday night and police say they are connected. YNN's Katie Husband tells us about a new crime trend in the area and what you can do to protect yourself.
CORNING, N.Y. -- Police need your help finding a man. He showed a knife and robbed the Dark Tan Salon in Corning. Then a short time later, he went to Maurice's in Big Flats Tuesday night and pulled the same routine. Corning Police say it's rare that each location was hit.
"Fairly well traveled, it's fairly busy, the business was actually open. For someone to walk in there and do that at that time of the day under those circumstances is a little out of the ordinary that we've seen," said Lieutenant Jeffrey Heverly of the Corning Police Department.
The man is described as olive skinned, possibly Hispanic or Italian, with dark hair, glasses and an earring in his left ear. Police say they've seen an uptick in armed robberies lately because individuals want fast cash for illegal drugs.
"It seems like there is an increase in people looking for quick cash and they believe it's an easy way to enter a business, order someone to turn over their money and then they're out the door. So it's just a quick hitter," said Heverly.
But security agencies like ADT have systems that can help small businesses like the ones that were hit Tuesday night.
"We have a pulse system now which you can view from the phone where you can interact with that through the phone. You can be able to see the cameras right on their phone or computer at home and be able to look in closer at their stores," said Ronald Evans, ADT small business representative.
Security representatives say the situations that happened at Dark Tan and at Maurice's can actually be prevented by a hold up system where an employee can push a button underneath the counter to call the police.
"The alarm will not loudly go off. It's a silent alarm and then the police are called and sent immediately," said Evans.
Police say many times they catch the so-called 'bad guys' because there are 'good guys' that want to help.
"People see things then people will come forward with information and we'll follow up on leads and it will turn out we'll figure out who it is. We always do," said Heverly.
If a crook comes up to you, experts say don't be a hero, just comply with the suspect because your life isn't worth a couple hundred dollars.
If you have any information on this case, you are asked to contact the Corning Police Department or the New York State Police in Horseheads.