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Robbers Target Payday Advance Loan Stores
Reports of robberies at payday advance loan stores are flooding in this month. Just yesterday, Jan. 29, two separate advance stores were robbed within hours of each other in Spokane, Washington. One Check into Cash location was robbed about 1:30 in the afternoon, and another store from the same company was robbed at 5:30 p.m.
Yet another Check into Cash location was robbed the previous week, on Jan. 20. Police believe the same man robbed all three stores. In every case the man was described as in his 20s, white, 5'5? to 5'7? and wearing a black ski mask, black coat and blue jeans.
I guess the guy figured if he got away with it once he could do it again. Police are still seeking tips. If you live in the Spokane area and have any information call (509) 242-TIPS.
Payday advance loan stores in the Midwest are not safe either. In Indianapolis, Indiana, four online cash advance stores were robbed within a week. The most recent robberies were Jan. 19, when two stores were robbed within about 45 minutes of each other.
Michael Orr, 20, was arrested in connection with the Indianapolis robberies.
During the week before those robberies two other online cash advance stores were hit. The same two men are suspected of committing all four robberies as well as another robbery at an auto parts store. The police have one man in custody but are still seeking his alleged partner in crime. They are looking for suspect Eric Edwards, 23, in connection with the robberies. If you live in the Indianapolis area and have any information, call 317-262-TIPS.
Why target online cash advance stores?
In the past few years there have been countless reports of holdups at payday advance loan stores. The stores are targeted because they keep large amounts of cash on hand, much like banks. Unlike banks, however, security online cash advance stores isnít quite so sophisticated.
Luckily no one was hurt in the robberies in Spokane and Indiana. In 2007, a woman in Illinois was killed during a holdup at a online cash advance store. She was working alone. Security has been tightened since then. Still, if robbers are hitting up multiple payday advance loan stores in the same day, more needs to be done to prevent these robberies.
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