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Money taken from residents by armed robbers

By Tom Wilmoth

    Bedford Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred around 4 a.m. Sunday.

    On Sunday, March 6, a resident of the 1000 block of Gum Street in  Bedford contacted the Police Department and reported that the robbery had occurred, according to Bedford Police Chief Jim Day.  Investigators were advised that several men had entered the residence by force and held the occupants at gunpoint while accomplices ransacked the home looking for money. 
    One resident was injured during the incident, treated at Bedford Memorial Hospital and released. He had been hit in the face, Day stated.
    The suspects were described by the victims as black males.  They left with a quantity of money and were reported to have entered a vehicle and traveled north on Peaks Street, Day stated.  He said they had entered the home by forcing open a door.
    “It’s the first one any one here can remember,” Day said of the type of robbery that occurred. “We’ve had robberies, robberies at homes before, but nothing exactly like this. This is the first one that we can find in our records that is what I would classify as a home invasion.”
    The investigation is continuing. 
    It is the second armed robbery in that area of Bedford in less than a month.
    In February the Apple Market convenience store at 407 N. Bridge St. in Bedford was robbed by an armed suspect. Money was taken from the register. That investigation is also still ongoing.
    “We would like for businesses to be alert to any suspicious persons,” Day said. “We would caution them to be cooperative to anyone who is committing a robbery, so that they won’t be hurt.”
    Day also encouraged businesses to make regular safe drops or deposits to minimize the amount of money that they have in their registers at any one time.