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Tops Market Robbed Two Days In A Row

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As we first reported Saturday night, the Tops Friendly Market on East 38th Street was robbed, two times in two days.

Deborah Jones lives within walking distance of the supermarket.

"This is a grocery store I come to all the time," said Jones.  "Actually, I was home last night and my husband was listening to the police scanner when he said, 'Tops has just been robbed!'"

The store was first held up Friday night.  Police are still trying to figure out whether or not it was the same suspects who came back to rob the store again, on Saturday.

We hear of banks and convenience stores being robbed, but shoppers said they're surprised the suspects chose somewhere as big and as busy as Tops; let alone two nights in a row.

"Usually they don't take the chance of coming into a biggest establishment this this," said Tops shopper, Eugene Sereno.  "They're getting bolder, is what they're doing."

Other customers said this is the only grocery store they shop at; and they aren't stopping, just because of recent crime.

"I'll still shop here and if anyone tries to do anything while I'm here, I'll try to help," said Russell Cerami.

According to neighborhood, crime in Erie is higher on average, compared to the rest of Pennsylvania.  We've seen numerous robberies in the city, just over the past couple of weeks.

"I just think that the degree of robberies that we're seeing all over is quite concerning," said Jones.  "We've got pizza delivery guys being robbed, we've got the credit union being robbed and now grocery stores, what's next?" she said.

Erie police describe the suspects who robbed Tops on Saturday night as two black men in their early 20's.

Police are still investigating whether or not the robbers have a contact inside the store.

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