Business robbed for second time this week

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 22, 2002

It brought back memories for Charlotte Clary &045;&045; memories, she said, she would rather forget.

Clary and her husband, Rick, who own Clary-Tom’s sales, a business located on Alabama Avenue that sells snack food items, were held up twice in one week.

Charlotte Clary, who was in the store both times, recalled the incidents vividly.

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Clary said it all started on Sunday, Aug. 5, when she put a stack of twenty-dollar bills in her register.

Her suspicions were confirmed later that afternoon.

At approximately 1:30 p.m., two youths with blue bandannas covering their faces, entered the store, carrying rifles. Clary said they were both black males, approximately the same weight and the same height.

A salesman, who works with Clary, stood behind the counter during the hold up. Clary said the salesman was holding a phone, and suddenly slid down on the floor, after seeing the youths. One of the armed youths then threatened the salesman. The other youth, she said, was preoccupied.

Suddenly, she said, the youths &uot;just got scared, and ran from the store.&uot;

With the first incident over, Clary said business resumed as normal for the next few days, until the following Sunday.

At approximately 5 p.m., the youths entered the business once again, armed with rifles, dressed in the same manner as before.

This incident, however, would not be a repeat of the first.

She said the youths also stole a wallet from a delivery man, who had parked his truck at the store that evening.

Fortunately, said Clary, no one was hurt.

After taking the wallet, the youths left the store.

The latest incidents, said Clary, brought back vivid memories of another incident that happened to her at the same location 20 years ago.

One night, while Clary was doing business as usual, she walked outside the store and was suddenly jumped by a man carrying a gun.

After a brief scuffle, the man then shot Clary in the back before fleeing the area.

Clary somehow survived to tell the tale.

Despite some tough times over the past 41 years, the Clarys say they plan to continue to work day after day.

Rick Clary, meanwhile, is already planning ahead.