By Emily Luxen
FULTONDALE, AL (WBRC) - Fultondale Police are investigating a recent string of armed robberies, and they are warning area business owners to be on high alert.
One suspect, 35-year-old Torri Johnson, is in the Jefferson County Jail charged with five counts of robbery, but police believe there are more people involved.
Police say these robberies are happening during business hours, but often right before the business closes. The suspects walk in, take money, and walk out without causing a lot of commotion.
Saturday, an O'Reilly Auto Parts store was the latest victim, but burglars also recently hit an AT&T store, Chili's, O'Charley's and Hampton Inn to take money, wallets, and cell phones.
Fultondale's Detective Alan Rogers said it is important for business owners and employees to be cautious, "Just be aware of who is coming in the door. When you close your business at night, get in the car and leave. Look around. If it doesn't look right, call police. If someone is circling an area, call the police."
Det. Rogers said police have increased patrols in the city's business district, but residents said they're still concerned about their safety.
"I have a wife and two kids," said James Jones. "I worry about safety for my kids, my grandkids, all of them. You don't know who is lurking around what corner to do what to you just for a dollar."
Fultondale police believe a team of suspects is behind these armed robberies.
There have also been similar cases in Gardendale, Birmingham, and Homewood.
If you have any information on these cases, you can call Fultondale Police at (205) 849-5456.
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