Opelika police increase patrols for the holidays

Opelika police increase patrols for the holidays

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - Opelika police are stepping up patrols at Tiger Town.

However, they say their increased presence has more to do with holiday shopping than it does with two recent armed robberies at the popular shopping destination.

Last Thursday, several armed suspects held up employees and customers at the Ashley Furniture Store.

On Sunday night, police chased a suspect after he carjacked a man in the Kroger parking lot.

Roderick Finley, 18, of Opelika was eventually arrested on various charges, including first degree armed robbery.

The other suspect's name is not being released.

"A chase ensued and ended up in the Ray Ward subdivision where people jumped out of the car and took off running," said Captain Shane Healey with the Opelika Police Department. "We were able to set up a perimeter and get a K9 unit on a track and we were able to locate two suspects inside Pops trailer park."

Opelika police remind civilians to be aware of their surroundings.

In addition to securing your valuables, police say if you ever feel uncomfortable, give them a call and they will provide safety escorts.

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