Store owners fearful after recent rash of crimes in Yazoo City - - Jackson, MS

Victims of two recent Yazoo City crimes are connected... Are the crimes?

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YAZOO COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The victims of two recent Yazoo City crimes are connected, and are lobbying city officials for more help in solving the crimes.

The Mayfield Exxon gas station was robbed Sunday night just before 9:30 p.m..

Store owner, Judy Dileo said, "He bought some gum or something, and when she opened the drawer, he jumped across the counter and put his hands into the drawer and grabbed as much as he could. She said he took the tens and twenties, and she pushed the drawer closed as quick as she could, and caught his hands in the register. She told him 'you're on camera' so he ran."

The robber is described as being between 5'6" and 5'9", with a slim build, and short braids. He had on a black hat, with a doo-rag, and he was also wearing a black leather coat.

The owners of the store are the children of a woman who was badly beaten recently in a home invasion in Yazoo City.

No arrest has been made in that case.

"Everyone is in such fear," said Dileo.  "Just to get out, you're looking behind all the time. There's been such a rash of car break ins, break ins in the county, things that are just going unsolved. It's almost like they know they can do it and get away with it."

The recent rash of crimes in Yazoo City has the owners understandably concerned.

They addressed the city council on Monday afternoon.

Dileo and her sister told city leaders they provided detailed information on phone records from a stolen cell phone, that was taken during the home invasion, that could lead to those responsible.

Dileo is concerned that police aren't using that information to further their investigation.

During the meeting, Investigator Tillman with the police department said he was awaiting phone records, and results from the crime lab.

City officials said they wanted more transparency for crime victims.

Ward 4 Alderman Aubrey Brent Jr. said, "I do want him, our investigator, to make sure that he family is informed. There should be a constant update because it's criminal, it's horrific, that an elderly citizen can not be in her own home without this type of thing happening to her."

Dileo also says that detectives have not been returning calls about the beating case.

If you have any information on the gas station robbery, call Crimestoppers 662-746-8477.

A $2,000.00 reward is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest in the case.

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