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Bristol police investigate 7 robberies in less than 1 month

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BRISTOL, CT (WFSB) -

Business owners and residents in Bristol are being advised to take precautions as police investigate seven robberies over the past four weeks.

In many incidents, the suspects were unable to steal any items during the robbery attempts in the Route 6 corridor of the city.

Police said the Dunkin Donuts at 855 Farmington Ave. was robbed Saturday as well as the Webster Bank Branch at 647 Farmington Ave. Sunday. A man was also robbed in the area of Missal Avenue Tuesday.

Other robberies were reported at Price Chopper at 121 Farmington Ave. and at Walgreens at 525 Farmington Ave.

"I look around before I go to the ATM - you never know," said Ed Giola of Bristol. "There is a lotta bad people I guess."

In an unrelated incident, there was an attempted mugging by three suspects.

Police told business owners to take precautions such as installing good outdoor lighting and advising employees to not close up shops alone. 

"Our closer usually has somebody with him," said Avenue News owner Brian LaPierre. "It's not a person that works here, but it's more than one person usually when he goes home."

Investigators also suggested business owners install surveillance systems at their stores because they are inexpensive.

However, LaPierre told Eyewitness News he wants to take more precautions.

"We're keeping as little amount of money around as possible," he said.

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