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Residents say Covington is under siege after series of break-ins

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COVINGTON, TN -

(WMC-TV) - From a funeral home to a pharmacy, the City of Covington has seen an increased amount of burglaries and thefts over the past few weeks.

Police say these crimes are not connected.  But residents in Covington believe otherwise and say something has to be done.

Covington police are using surveillance video to try to identify a man they say is responsible for an armed robbery at the Covington Rite Aid last Thursday morning.

The alleged robber pointed a gun at clerks and stole Oxycontin.

"I'm not sure if it's drugs or gangs or what, but it's getting bad here," said resident Deborah Lavelle.

The Rite Aid robbery is just the most recent in a series of crimes in Covington over the past few weeks.

Covington police say these thieves are getting brazen.

"It's scary, my husband and I used to be able to walk down the streets at night. We don't get out after dark and we keep our doors locked," said resident Tammy Freeman.

Residents along Main Street say they have also been on edge the past several weeks.

Police say gangs are responsible for burning up two cars and firing shots in the air on Lookout Avenue.

Now, people who live in the area are looking out for one another.

"Scared, we're scared. I think the whole neighborhood is scared. This was a nice, peaceful neighborhood when we moved here," added resident Bill Freeman.

Some residents tell me they have already put their houses up for sale because they are tired of the crime in the area.

"They're keeping their two young girls on the floor so they don't get hit by stray bullets," Freeman said.

Police say they are increasing patrols in the area, in hopes of decreasing the crime.

"It'll almost make you think it gonna be like Memphis and I don't want that to happen," added Lavelle.

If you have any information about who the Rite Aid robber is, call the Covington Police tip line at 901-476-9036.

Police say there will be a Community Safety Presentation on Friday, August 24th at 6:00 p.m. at the Old First Baptist Church building on South Main to discuss this increase in crime.

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