Businesses say there are ways to help prevent the crime from reoccurring

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CHEYENNE, Wyo.- Cheyenne police say reoccurring crimes are not uncommon. While Cheyenne police are continuing to investigate the recent multiple armed robberies at convenient stores, Officer Kevin Malatesta says when a suspect gets away with one crime, it's not unusual to see it happen again.

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Malatesta says they are hoping to help more businesses be prepared in a robbery situation. He said, "We can come to their businesses, do a walk-through, make sure that their alarm systems are working, make sure their security cameras are working, and basically assess security and assist them."

One business says security cameras were an investment, but definitely worth it in helping stop a reoccurring crime from happening again. General Manager Doyle Poole of Big O Tires says almost a year ago they had multiple thefts over a three month period. Poole said, "I think it was the fact that this person did it, didn't get caught, and then the next person did it, didn't get caught, and then it just kind of snowballed from there."

Big O Tires on E. Lincolnway in Cheyenne had several of their tires stolen after having four incidents. Poole says the amount stolen added up to a couple thousand dollars and added, "They cut the locks, opened them up... they had free access to our inventory."

Poole said, "For a company that is locally owned by a husband and a wife, that is a huge loss."

While police assisted them in finding the suspects, Poole says it was the community that really put a halt in the crime at their business. With the help of security cameras, they were able to get a better idea of what happened. Poole said, "If we didn't have it, we would have never known where to look or that we were even robbed... We would've had no time frame to even start looking."

The help of the security camera footage went further. Poole says with the help of news and social media helping to spread the images from the footage, the community helped put an end to their problem.

Poole said, "It never reoccurred. It had a lot to do with just getting it out there." He says when a person sees their face while scrolling through social media, it might get them a little more worried and prevent the crime from happening again. Poole says they now have a new lock system and watch their security footage frequently now, but says it really comes down to the help of their community to help solve an issue.