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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---Some businesses along Frankfort Avenue are banding together after recently being hit by thieves.
The incidents have happened during the day in the Crescent Hill neighborhood.
"We had about 3-4 customers in the store, so it was a pretty brazen attempt at robbing us," says Ian Herrera.
Ian Herrera is manager of the Heine Brothers Coffee, near the corner of Frankfort Avenue and Bayly Avenue.
He says, within the last few weeks on a Monday, the store was robbed at 1:30 in the afternoon.
"It was a gentleman about a little over six feet tall, on the skinny, lanky side. He had most of his face covered. He had a surgical mask, sunglasses, and a tight fitting ball cap," says Ian Herrera.
He says the man threatened them with something in his pocket, but never showed a weapon. He says the man demanded cash, even skipping the tip jar on the counter.
Authorities say LMPD's Robbery Unit is investigating the incident.
A few stores away at the Crescent Hill Trading Company, there has been another incident within the last few weeks, but not a robbery.
The person waited until an employee turned their back, to then take money.
Kathy Schmitt says her dog is usually a good deterrent, but wasn't at the store that day.
"It really hurts small business when you get that wad of cash to go out the door," says Kathy Schmitt, Owner of the Crescent Hill Trading Company.
As a result of the recent robbery and theft in the Frankfort Avenue area, business owners say they are on alert and looking out for one another.
"So we're just trying to get the word out to people to be more vigilant and maybe not turn your back, but just to kinda greet people when they come in the door and just make sure they know that you know they're in the shop," says Kathy Schmitt.
Schmitt is hoping customers will continue to stay loyal during this time, and that whoever is responsible for the recent incidents will soon be caught.
"We've just been offering each other kind words and making sure that we know the description between each of these different incidents, and we're definitely watching each other's back around here," says Ian Herrera.
If you know who may be responsible for these recent crimes, police encourage you to call the tipline at 574-LMPD.