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A masked man allegedly held three women at gunpoint when he tried to rob them Monday night as the trio was walking to their cars outside of the Stones River Mall in Murfreesboro.

All three women work at a clothing store inside the mall, located in the 1700 block of Old Fort Parkway in Murfreesboro.

The women told officers that as they were walking near Bink’s Outfitters a man approached, revealed a black pistol, and demanded them to freeze, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.

As they began to run away in a panic, one of the women tripped and fell. The man then stood over the woman, placed his gun in her face, and took her purse, moments before he fled the scene.

Officers were called to Sam’s Sports Grill a few minutes later when the women ran into the restaurant asking for help.

Although police were unable to locate the suspect during a search of the area, they did recover the woman’s purse, which had been tossed on the ground near the scene. And it remains unclear what, if any, items were missing from the purse

Detectives also arrived on the scene to collect statements and evidence, and an investigation into the matter has since been opened.

The suspect is described as a white male who was wearing a dark blue hooded jacket and a black scarf that covered his face.

Police are urging anyone with information about this incident call Crime Stoppers at 615-893-7867.

Vacuums stolen from hardware store

Three unidentified men who police believe may be involved in a Middle Tennessee theft ring allegedly stole $1,300 worth of vacuums Monday morning from Lowe’s, located on Old Fort Parkway.

A manager told officers that the three suspects successfully disabled anti-theft devices on four Dyson vacuum cleaners and walked out of the home improvement store without setting of the alarm, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.

The suspects, all of who are three white males, then left the scene in a dark charcoal or black, newer model Subaru.

During onsite interviews with management, detectives learned the men fit the description of the suspects who are wanted in connection with other Dyson vacuum cleaner thefts that have recently occurred in the region.

Another manhole cover reported missing

An employee with the Murfreesboro Water and Sewer Department discovered Monday that a $210 manhole cover had been stolen from behind the Knights Inn on South Church Street.

Because the manhole is located roughly 10 feet from the pavement in the woods – meaning it is not easily accessible – the employee could not provide officers with a possible timeframe of when the theft occurred, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.

This is one of just several manhole covers that have been stolen from the city of Murfreesboro in recent months.

Police believe thieves are likely stealing the manhole covers because the property can be sold for scrap metal in other cities.

As of Wednesday, no one had been arrested or charged in connection with the incident, and the matter remains under investigation.

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January 10, 2013 at 12:19am
I understand saying allegedly when you are saying a specific person committed a crime, but why say it when talking about the actual offense? Is it not certain these three women were confronted and robbed? Is it not certain that these three guys stole the vacuums? Now if they arrest someone, then you say they allegedly committed this crime.
January 10, 2013 at 9:35am

We have to use "allegedly" until the person arrested is actually convicted of a crime. If we do not use it, it opens the paper up to libel lawsuits.

January 10, 2013 at 11:44pm
MichelleWillard, are you saying that even if there is not a name included, the paper could be sued? That is the part that is confusing me. I understand if it listed John Doe as the culprit, they would need to say "allegedly".
January 11, 2013 at 9:23am
Unfortunately, we could get sued. I'm not saying we would lose, but, yes, we could get sued. And I'd rather not chance it.
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