Cranston police, store owner looking to identify robbers

By: Chloe Leshner


CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — Enough is enough. That’s the word from a business owner in Cranston after his store was robbed twice in a few days. He says these crimes are nothing new for the area and it’s making harder and harder for him to make a living to support his family.

Unfortunately for this owner, these robberies are turning into a regular thing. It started in 2016 but now he says the area is getting much worse.

As customers come and go at Ocean State Market on Dyer Avenue in Cranston, the owner is understandably on high alert.

"I’ve had enough, please leave me alone," says Adil Alkhafaji.

His shop was robbed twice, he says by the same person, in just a few days.

"Now when I leave my house I don’t know if I’m coming back to my family in one piece or not," says Alkhafaji.

The store is loaded with security cameras which gave him and the Cranston Police a really good look at the masked man who first threatened the employee with a knife, getting away with $300. Then just a few days later security footage shows a second suspect checking out the store. Not long after that, the masked thief came back, covering his face with his hand when he spotted the cameras outside and ultimately waving a gun and pointing to the  register.

"He hit my employee with the back of a gun. My employee started to grab his mask to see who is the person but he took off," says Alkhafaji.

The robberies are impacting other business owners on the block.

"You worry about you and yours, life and property. Of course it’s very stressful it will keep you up at night. It’s disappointing, I’m old enough to remember the neighborhood like apples to oranges different," says Dennis Horton, who owns Kabloom Tattoo next door.

But back at Ocean State Market, they simply can’t handle another loss.

"I work for my money, work for your money too please. I have four kids to feed," says Alkhafaji.

Cranston Police have put pictures from the security cameras online and are hoping that someone can help identify the suspects.They’re asking anyone with information to give them a call.

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