Mayor addresses weekend robberies

By LEA RIZZO, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 9/21/16

SUMITON — Sumiton Mayor Petey Ellis addressed the robberies that hit several area businesses over the weekend at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

“We haven’t had this type of thing happen in quite some time ... It is very disconcerting …

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Mayor addresses weekend robberies

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SUMITON — Sumiton Mayor Petey Ellis addressed the robberies that hit several area businesses over the weekend at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

“We haven’t had this type of thing happen in quite some time ... It is very disconcerting when it happens,” Ellis said. “I’ve had some discussions with the police department ... [and] we are going to be more proactive.”

He added that police officers will begin making more traffic stops after 11 p.m. and that “hopefully we learn from this and get better at what we’re doing.”

Last Friday night, 11 businesses were broken into in Sumiton, according to Police Chief T.J. Burnett. These businesses include Dollar General, Old 64 Barber Shop and the Lil Giant Farmers Market. On Saturday, Burnett said authorities had received surveillance footage of the suspects but otherwise had nothing tangible to work with.

On Tuesday, Assistant Chief Kris Price said the department is still working to completely identify the group of four people involved in the burglaries.

Three local business and property owners — Majestic Salon and Day Spa owner Debra Stanford, Chickadee Boutique owner Chasity Drummond and Country Village owner Rabon Watson — were at Tuesday’s meeting to speak to the council about the burglaries.

Stanford said that she does have a security camera in her salon but that the burglars managed to move it so it was no longer pointing at the front door. Drummond said that the burglars went through her tax documents.

Watson was concerned about continuing to be able to insure the buildings in Country Village if robberies keep happening at his businesses.

Ellis vowed that the individuals involved will be caught. Price encouraged all local business owners to contact the police department and provide their contact information so police can reach the owners in the event of situations where their business has been harmed.

Authorities are still investigating the burglaries.

In other business, council members:

•received a letter of appreciation from Sumiton Christian School Principal Cheryl Capps regarding the hiring of a school resource officer for Sumiton Christian, Sumiton Elementary and Sumiton Middle schools.

The letter, which Ellis read aloud, thanked the council and mayor for their “commitment to the safety of everyone, especially the students that attend school in our city.”

•the city’s annual Frog Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.