Another robbery added to Mallie's list

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

Another robbery in Knott County has left the people of Mallie scared and bracing for the next store to be robbed.

People in the area say it is the third robbery in the past six months and the fifth in the last year.

Robberies are becoming the norm in the small-town of Mallie, which does not settle well with those who live there.

"I think it's just gotten worse over the years. There's always been robberies and stuff but here lately it's been really bad," said Nikki McDaniel, who lives in Mallie.

The latest victim on the robbery hit list is Electric Beach, which is a tanning salon off Highway 899.

In this robbery, like the others, the suspect got away with money. This time the employee involved was scratched with a knife.

Another robbery leaves people on edge not knowing where a robber might attack next.

The co-manager at Casey's IGA Hometown Proud Store nearby says her store has not been robbed but she knows it could happen.

"You tend to look at everybody that walks in the door and you wonder, 'Do I know them? Who are they? Are we next?' It is terrifying," said Sandra Clark, the co-manager at Casey's IGA Hometown Proud Store.

Now her employees and customers are scared and alert watching for suspicious behavior.

"You think you know everybody locally, but then you have to work here with the public and everybody is running in out and you never know what's going to happen," said McDaniel.

People in the area say working in a store has become a dangerous job in their town.

"You just don't if you're going to shot while you're working or if one of your customers is going to be shot or if you're not going to return home to your family that night," said Clark.

It remains a mystery to both police and the community why robberies have increased.

The latest robbery suspect is described as a white man about 5'8" with a slender build wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a brown ski mask, light blue jeans, white shoes, and rubber gloves.

If you have any information, you are asked to contact Kentucky State Police in Hazard at (606) 435-6069.

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